Norman Lewis was one of the first pioneers of Abstract Expressionism, but his legacy as an artist among his AbEx contemporaries is relatively unknown.
His work was an incredible blend of figurative and abstract painting and I am glad to see that it has finally found its way into institutional programming.
“Procession: The Art of Norman Lewis” is currently on view at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. The show closes on April 3 and then moves onto the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Tx this summer and then to the Chicago Cultural Center in the fall.
The “Artist a Day Challenge” celebrates Black History Month by highlighting Black artists and diverse forms of cultural expression across the African diaspora.