Sunday, April 29, 2012

GLASGOW: Emory Douglas / Kendall Koppe Gallery

Glascow International Festival of Visual Art
April 20 - June 1, 2012

Kendall Koppe is pleased to present a collection of historical works from the American artist and activist Emory Douglas. The exhibtion looks at a collection of lithograph posters printed during Douglas’ time with the Blank Panthers. Invoking the ethos rooted in the Black Panthers manifesto Douglas’ message is one of, self-organisation, education, self-reliance and the power of a unified community.

Douglas was the first and only Minister of Culture for the Black Panther party form 1967 until the party’s discontinuance in 1980. During this era Douglas oversaw the layout and publication of The Black Panther newspaper-zine and was the party’s official artist, making countless artworks, illustrations, and cartoons, which were reproduced in the paper and distributed as lithograph prints, posters, cards and sculptures. His works fuse Russian Constructivism, psychedelic poster design and military style propaganda to create a unique language fathered by Douglas himself. Douglas’ works have been widely circulated around the world and at its peak The Blank Panther newspaper publication reached a circulation of 400,000 per week. Douglas has recently exhibited at Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham (2011), The New Museum, New York (2009) and MOCA Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles (2008).

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