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Exhibition at Tate Liverpool Takes a Journey through the Black Atlantic

Romare Bearden - "Blue Shade", 1972 - Courtesy: Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, NY. / © Romare Bearden Foundation/DACS, London/VAGA, NY 2009.

LIVERPOOL.- “Afro Modern: Journeys through the
Black Atlantic” takes its inspiration from Paul Gilroy’s seminal book ‘The Black
Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness’ (1993).
The exhibition is
the first to trace in depth the impact of different black cultures from around
the Atlantic on art from the early twentieth century to today. From the
influences of African art on the modernist forms of artists like Picasso, to the
work of contemporary artists such as Ellen Gallagher, Chris Ofili and Kara
Walker, the exhibition will reflect how artists around the Atlantic have claimed
the language of Modernism in diverse ways, as a powerful tool to explore,
formulate and assert their own identity. On exhibition through 25 April,