Tate Liverpool Takes a Journey through the Black Atlantic

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