To eliminate the African American voice from mid-century art is to eliminate some of the foundation of what it is,” says the playwright, educator and art collector Lynn Nottage. That voice, of Norman Lewis, was one of a Renaissance man – a lover of art, jazz, literature and language – a rebellious and imaginative spirit who stood as a critical member of Abstract Expressionism, alongside his more recognized contemporaries Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Clyfford Still and Barnett Newman. Evening Rhapsody, 1955, an exuberant and rhythmic progression of color painted at the very apex of this movement, embodies its gestural dynamism with Lewis’s own unique style. Join Lynn Nottage and her brother Aaron as they discuss their family’s close relationship with Lewis and how living with the vibrant and astonishing Evening Rhapsody enriched their lives. “I think of that painting as being a conversation that I’ve had with Norman Lewis for 30 years,” says Lynn, “and now I’m passing that conversation on to someone else, and hopefully they will engage with the painting in the deep way that we did for many years.
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Playwright Lynn Nottage Shares a Deeply Personal Painting by Norman Lewis
12 May | New York