Norman Lewis (American, 1909-1979)
Oil on canvas, Overall: 122.6 x 184.5 cm (48 1/4 x 72 5/8 in.). John L. Severance Fund 2017.1
During the civil rights movement, Lewis sought to align his interest in abstraction with current events. With its black and white palette, Alabama offers a symbolic duality for a time entrenched in racial conflict. Furthermore, the painting's composition has prompted viewers to draw additional associations from its abstract shapes, such as a nighttime Ku Klux Klan gathering.
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