The Craig Fahle Show

The Plight of African American Artists

Monday, February 17, 2014

Craig speaks with Patrina Chatman, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at the Charles H. Wright Museum, and George Bulanda of HOUR Detroit about the, "impact, significance and treatment of renown black artists of the 20th century."

Bulanda wrote a piece for February's issue of HOUR about Detroit artist LeRoy Foster. A handful of his paintings are in the Charles H. Wright collection.

This is what he said about Foster's work and why he was drawn to it (click the play button to hear the quote).

"He had a way of painting the eyes of his subjects very wide and inviting and it just sort of drew you into the painting."

From the HOUR Detroit piece:

“You would look at his art and it was monumental, with Michelangelo-type figures, the artist he most admired. But he was a small guy with a quiet voice and very gentle,” says artist and teacher Jerry Lemenu, who met Foster in the mid-’80s when they were teaching at Detroit elementary schools through the Omniarts program.

“In his paintings, he made people look noble and strong and fiery, the way he must have felt when he was painting them,” Lemenu adds.

Read Bulanda's piece here.

Image courtesy of HOUR Detroit