You have to question why, in this day and age, there should be group shows about African American artists. Shouldn’t we have long since stopped segregating this work and look at it on its own merit?

William Valerio, Woodmere’s director, argues that this show allowed Woodmere to provide a baseline of information about artists and works that had long been overlooked. The art world was largely segregated in those years, so it is only realistic to begin this way. The catalog, with its capsule biographies and oral histories about artists and institutions, seems likely to be a useful reference for years to come.

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photo: It’s not Philly art but a Denver artist I met on a recent visit. I’m teasing his work prior to an upcoming blog on his brilliance.