BlackWomen Who Rule in the Arts
|Phoebe Beasley from google image for educational purposes only|
African American Artists were few and far between in earlier periods of America, unless they produced were a practical craft that benefited the people they worked for or were owned by. Art done on plantations where many African American were forced to live were crafts they had brought with them from Africa. Along the costal highways of South Carolina one can still fine stalls that sell baskets learned and passed down from one generation to the next.
The baskets were made for rice harvesting and brought to America by the captured enslaved people from the Rice Coast of Africa.
|Bettye Saar from google image for educational purposes only|
|Gullah Basket Weaver on Coastal South Carolina Highway|
|Faith Ringgold's Tar Beach from google for educational purposes only|
Fine arts seems to be regulated to those who had money for college and money for extra mentoring. But, bit by bit, Black artists have made themselves a place in American art. Even more rare were the presence Black women artist, then came Faith Ringgold, Lorna Simpson, Thelma Golden, Bette Sayre, Kara Walker, and Elizabeth Catlett. These women had a huge impact on the world of art. They could express their way of life and how harsh and painful it was, they could tell of the unfairness of slavery and maltreatment and of the humiliation they endured as being treated as less than people.