It was Sonia Sanchez who said, “The black artist is dangerous. Black art controls the “Negro’s” reality, negates negative influences, and creates positive images.”

Black contemporary art has met resistance from the white dominated art world. An arena that limited itself from a diverse aesthetic of culture and vibrancy. Galleries of “white walls, with white people, drinking white wine.”

Yet, black artists continued to produce,whether accepted by the white dominated art world or not, and produced some of the greatest and memorable pieces in contemporary American art.

Who are some of your favorite Black artists? What are some of your favorite pieces?

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Zellie is a writer, photographer, activist, and teacher based in North Jersey.
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