“Art was all that I ever wanted to do,” said Ehrenhalt. For a girl born in 1928, it wasn’t going to be smooth sailing.
The need for an ongoing “dual identity,” as a means of survival for the adult black male, is a theme that repeatedly manifests itself in Adams’s work.
“The work is a commentary on the age I have lived in. I am a documentarian, recording the critical moments of my life and those of society.”
Discussing his early years with me, Rodríguez’s narrative was laced with the realities of the challenges he faced as a person of color.
Her diaristic approach to personal history such as a failed marriage or the death of a loved one are what Olivieri called, “emotional hurricanes that are fodder for my work.”
“Once you are involved in making art, everything seems secondary.”
While his father’s side of the family inspired a progressive path for Shaw, his mother was aghast at his choice—at age 26—to travel to New York City to study with Stuart Davis.