Charles White


Charles Wilbert White, Jr. (April 2, 1918 – October 3, 1979) was an American artist known for his chronicling of African American related subjects in paintings, drawings, lithographs, and murals. White's lifelong commitment—to chronicling the triumphs and struggles of his community in representational form—cemented him as one of the most well-known artists in African American art history. Following his death in 1979, White's work has been included in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Gallery of Art, The Newark Museum, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. White's best known work is The Contribution of the Negro to American Democracy, a mural at Hampton University. In 2018, the centenary year of his birth, the first major retrospective exhibition of his work was organized by the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Modern Art.

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Noted as one of the most celebrated and influential African American artists of the twentieth century. Born in Chicago and was educated at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Arts Students league of New York. He spent most of his career between Los Angeles and Chicago. His work, which is mainly figural, deals with the stuggles of African-Americans and humanity.

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Artist, muralist, painter

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Charles White, Charles White III, Charles Wilbert White, Charles Wilbur White

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