Day 8: Robert Colescott
Satire plays a huge role in Robert Colescott’s vibrant, at times claustrophobic paintings. Colescott addressed issues surrounding history and racial stereotypes with wry, transgressive humor and keen observation. In 1975, he began creating a series of works that referenced classic Western art but recast central figures as black.
See images of George Washington Carver Crossing the Delaware: Page From an American History Textbook, and Eat Dem Taters alongside their Western art counterparts.
30 Americans is organized by the Rubell Family Collection, Miami. The presenting sponsor at the Corcoran Gallery of Art is Altria Group.
Additional support has been provided by Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.