Derrick Adams is one of just three contemporary artists whose work is part of a national tour. Adams’ work is accompanying legendary artist Jacob Lawrence’s Struggle Series to major museums throughout the U.S.

Jacob Lawrence was one of America’s finest artists, the first black artist to have work purchased by the Museum of Modern Art, in 1941, when Lawrence was just 23 years old.

Lawrence spent five years at the 135th Street Library, in Harlem, where he grew up, researching the history of America from 1770 through 1812. His research inspired him to painted Struggle: From the History of the American People, thirty paintings that were dispersed after being shown in a New York gallery in 1956.

Jacob Lawrence died in 2000. He was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1990. His works are in the permanent collections of major museums and galleries throughout the United States. He taught at the Pratt Institute in New York and at Washington State University, inspiring the next generation of artists, like Derrick Adams.

Derrick Adams lives and works in Brooklyn. He works are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the Birmingham Museum of Art.

The Struggle Series, along with work by Derrick Adams, is currently at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, will then go on to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Birmingham Museum of Art in Alabama, the Seattle Art Museum and the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.

Retna

Marquis Lewis was born in Los Angeles in 1979. He is best known as Retna, the tag he used on the graffiti that he painted throughout the city. Retna’s sophisticated calligraphy, an alphabet the he developed from Egyptian hieroglyphics, Hebrew, Arabic and Gothic script, has earned him a global following.

His work is currently being used this season by the Los Angeles Opera Company. Retna created set designs for director Francesca Zambello’s interpretation of Aida. His set designs have also been used by the San Francisco, Seattle and Washington National Opera companies.

Work by Derrick Adams and Retna available at VFA

Breakfast of Champions by Derrick Adams and Sacred Dance of Memories by Retna are available at VFA. Both are masterfully created fine art prints and represent just two of the fine contemporary art work for sale in our gallery.

Please contact us if you would like more information about the work of Derrick Adams, Retna or any of the other fine artists, whose works are available at VFA.

References:
Keith Powers. Peabody Essex Museum displays work of artist Jacob Lawrence. Hamilton-Wenham Chronicle. January 23, 2020.
Nancy Kenney. Jacob Lawrence’s epic series depicting America’s early struggles sets off on US tour. The Art Newspaper. January 17, 2020.
Natalie Gale. PEM Reunites Jacob Lawrence Painting Series. Northshore Magazine. January 17, 2020.
Sebastian Smee. These ‘missing’ Jacob Lawrence paintings are finally in a museum — and they’re masterpieces. The Washington Post. January 24, 2020.
Jessica Gelt. L.A. Opera 2020-21 season: Wagner, Herheim, ‘Breaking the Waves’ and ‘Get Out. Los Angeles Times. January 26, 2020.