Retrieving James Edwards and a Forgotten Circle of Black Artists
Arts Council of Princeton, Taplin Gallery
October 14 – December 3, 2022
This revolutionary exhibition focuses on five late 20th-century master artists who lived and worked within 25 miles of each other in the geographic region from Princeton, New Jersey to New Hope, Pennsylvania: James Wilson Edwards, Rex Goreleigh, Hughie Lee-Smith, Selma Hortense Burke, and Wendell T. Brooks and reveals how Black artist/teachers were integral and influential members in a white regional community. While there have been blockbuster exhibitions of a few contemporary Black artists during recent years, this is one of the first exhibitions to explore the historical context from which these artists emerged.
For more information about the exhibition, visit Arts Council of Princeton’s website.
Image: Rex Goreleigh, “Wash Day,” 1979, Oil on linen canvas
Feels Like Freedom: Phillip J. Hampton
Telfair Art Museum, Jepson Center
October 7, 2022 – January 29, 2023
Telfair Museums presents Feels like Freedom: Phillip J. Hampton, the first large-scale museum retrospective of American painter Phillip J. Hampton (1922–2016), an artist long overdue for continued research and recognition.
Feels Like Freedom traces Hampton’s incredible and innovative artistic production from illustrative realism to abstract experimentation. Beginning with his social realist drawings and paintings created in Savannah, viewers will be captivated by the artist’s creative evolution toward the freedom and self-discovery he found in abstraction. His innovative spirit will be showcased and celebrated through his use of experimental mediums, including string gridwork, acrylic emulsions, and shaped canvases.
For more information about the exhibition, visit the Telfair Museums website.
Image: Phillip J. Hampton, “Another American’s Autobiography—I Grew Up with the Chasm,” 1971, Acrylic and collage on shaped canvas