Artist a Day: Dox Thrash

3 thoughts on “Artist a Day: Dox Thrash”

  1. Thank you. Love “Saturday Night” by Dox Thrash. Haven’t seen this image in years.

    Truly appreciate you giving him this coverage, and this particular artwork because of the way in which Thrash so exquisitely captured a lifetime of Black experiences for most Black women of his day. Today, the scene still plays out, and another version might be a woman getting her weave, whether straight hair or cornrow extensions, while another woman getting her own hair plaited or her natural twists tightened. From his portraits to his depictions of Black life, Trash has always been an artist of enormous talent nearly overlooked as abstract nonrepresentational art began to nearly dictate the larger art aesthetic and market. For Black Americans, whose history and images were rarely exhibited or even included in history books or positive images in contemporary media, artists like Trash and so many others should be our heroes as they were, and often still are, some of the best visual chroniclers of who, what, where, how and why we thrive, struggle, accomplish and just live life. Perhaps, like the long overdue Charles White touring exhibition, there will be more “revivalist” exhibitions presenting the work of the many Black artists of the past whose works should be held up along side the recognized white art masters who served as the chroniclers of their cultural experiences. Perhaps a moment to celebrate such artists in contemporary exhibits could be circling back now that artists creating culturally specific imagery are starting to get attention in the major white art market. We don’t need them to validate our artistic contributions, but I would be blind if I didn’t acknowledge the power of the purse cs equality or equity as a force that in this country too often is the true force for change and opportunity.

  2. Thank you so much for providing such illuminating comments here. I too am very interested in revisiting the figurative work of artists who were left in the shadows of abstraction. Conversations between Western European portraiture and contemporary portraiture are gaining traction in museums, and I’m happy to see that, but I would also like to see more museums reach back to these overlooked artists. Thanks again for taking the time to share your thoughts.

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