The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of April 25, 2018

Alabama, 1960

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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