Revolutionary

Revolutionary

1972

Wadsworth Jarrell

(American, b. 1929)

Color screenprint

Image: 83.9 x 67.4 cm (33 1/16 x 26 9/16 in.); Sheet: 83.9 x 67.4 cm (33 1/16 x 26 9/16 in.)

Karl B. Goldfield Trust 2021.15

Edition: Edition of 300

Impression: 53/300

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Wadsworth Jarrell reinterpreted the photograph on which this print is based so that Angela Davis wears a fashion design by the artist Jae Jarrell, his wife, entitled Revolutionary Suit (1968).

Description

Wadsworth Jarrell was a founding member of AfriCOBRA (African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists), a Chicago-based artists’ collective founded in 1968 to forge a distinctly Black form of contemporary art. Revolutionary features the vibrant tones and rhythmic text-based forms for which he is best known. Reinterpreting a painting of the previous year, the print depicts activist Angela Davis using words and phrases from her speeches, including “revolution” and “Black is beautiful.” Her figure dominates the composition in a way that Jarrell describes as “an attempt to capture the majestic charm, seriousness, and leadership of an astute drum major for freedom.”

See also
Collection: 
PR - Screenprint
Department: 
Prints
Type of artwork: 
Print

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