Radical Era BLACK ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONIST Alvin Hollingsworth Scarce 1970 Exhibition Catalogue
The Prophet And Other Paintings by Alvin Hollingsworth
ALVIN HOLLINGSWORTH first attracted widespread critical acclaim with this exhibition, The Prophet Series, that went from the Harbor Gallery, Long Island to the Studio Museum in Harlem in 1970. Romare Bearden positively reviewed the exhibition in the October 17, 1970 issue of the New York Amsterdam News. In a 1971 Ebony magazine interview, Hollingsworth said, "I have always felt that Christ was a Black man," and said the subject represented a "philosophical symbol of any of the modern prophets who have been trying to show us the right way. To me, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King are such prophets."
Rare Catalogue for the Prophet Series Exhibition, published by the Harbor Gallery, Cold Spring Harbor, New York, 1970. First Edition. Softcover, dark yellow textured card covers with black printing and tipped on color plate, 9" x 6", side staple bound, 12 unnumbered pages including covers, illustrated with 7 b&w photographs of Hollingsworth's paintings and a b&w photographic portrait of the artist. NEAR FINE Condition: tight, bright, clean and unmarked. Scarce, only 11 copies in OCLC collections worldwide.
ALVIN C. HOLLINGSWORTH (1928-2000) Leading African American fine artist, trail blazing Black comic artist, painter, illustrator, abstract expressionist, best known for his paintings relating to civil rights issues, the experience of Blacks within the urban landscape, Black women's rights, jazz, spirituality, and dance. Founding member with Romare Bearden of the Spiral Group of African American artists who linked their creative expression to social justice, other prominent members included Charles Alston, Emma Amos, Earl Miller, Norman Lewis, Hale Woodruff, Richard Mayhew, and Reginald Gammon. As early as 1945 he was illustrating comic books for various publishers including Cat Man Comics, which were issued under his name and pseudonyms, by the early 1950's he successfully created his own nationally syndicated comic.