Our first limited edition underlines Afro-american history through two portraits, which are part of a series of five, curated by artist and creator of La Perle Noire, Mats Eddy Jambon. The series of portraits aims to highlight the symmetry between western art history and Afro-american history, in terms of emancipation.
This series of portraits is a sort of journey through time, as each currant applied to each portrait defines a precise era while illustrating the similarities between the two histories in terms of emancipation. The five currants featured in the series are: impressionism, fauvism, American realism, pop art, and a personal initiative of the artist which defines contemporary painting.
For the Winter 2018 Limited Edition, the two currants featured in our collection are fauvism and pop art!
Fauvism is a pictorial currant which is characterized by the fact that artists within this movement disassociate the elements from their original colors. The colors which replace them are typically very bright. Indeed, as you observe this portrait, you will notice a mix of colors that would never normally be associated with known elements such as the eyes, eyebrows, or hair. This artistic movement emerged around 1904, and faded almost entirely in the early 1910’s.
On the side of Afro-american history, an artistic movement coincidentally emerges in the early 1910’s. It goes on to be known as the Harlem renaissance. «Harlem Renaissance, a blossoming of African American culture, particularly in the creative arts, and the most influential movement in African American literary history. Embracing literary, musical, theatrical, and visual arts, participants sought to reconceptualize “the Negro” apart from the white stereotypes that had influenced black peoples’ relationship to their heritage and to each other» (G. Hutchinson, Harlem Renaissance).
Fauvism and the Harlem Renaissance both reject the order established, by their artistic burst.
Le pop art américain
The second choice correlates with the American pop art movement. This pictorial currant emerged in the United States during the 1950’s, and gained notoriety during the 1960’s. It is defined by the use of monochromatic primary colors (red, yellow, and blue), while integrating elements of popular culture in a comic strip style. This particular movement commonly puts forth popular consumer goods through its works.
On the side of Afro-american history, racial segregation came to an end in 1964, making black Americans citizens and consumers equal to the rest of the population in social terms. Note that this was not accomplished without adversity, as Marthin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968) and Malcom Little a.k.a Malcom X (1925-1965), two black activists, were assassinated during this chaotic decade.
The two movements come together in the advancement of capitalism and in important developments on the social level.