Emma Amos: Falling Figures at Ryan Lee Gallery in Chelsea




Head First, 2006
Acrylic on canvas with hand-woven fabric and African fabric borders, 68 x 53 1/2 inches (172.7 x 135.9 cm)

Ryan Lee Gallery opened its doors to the exhibition, Falling Figures, an exhibition of paintings by Emma Amos. This is the first exhibition to mine this motif in Amos’s work, an exploration that began with her Falling Series (1988-1992) and continued into the twenty-first century. Amos was a celebrated artist and educator who began her career in New York in the 1960s. She was the only female member of the influential African American artist group Spiral, alongside Romare Bearden, Norman Lewis, and Hale Woodruff. Amos, whose work ranged from graphic, to expressionist, to figurative, has always understood that, as she put it, “to put brush to canvas as a black artist was a political act.”

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