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Soul of a Nation

Tate Modern, London

12 Jul - 22 Oct 2017

‘Soul of a Nation’ shines a light on the vital contribution of Black artists to a dramatic period in American art and history. The exhibition opens in 1963 at the height of the Civil Rights movement. In its wake emerged more militant calls for Black Power: a rallying cry for African American pride, autonomy and solidarity, drawing inspiration from newly independent African nations. Artists responded to these times by provoking, confronting, and confounding expectations. Their momentum makes for an electrifying visual journey. Vibrant paintings, powerful murals, collage, photography, revolutionary clothing designs and sculptures – the variety of artworks reflects the many viewpoints of artists and collectives at work during these explosive times. Find out more about the ‘Soul of a Nation’ exhibition from the Tate’s website.

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Muhammad Ali (1978), Andy Warhol. © 2017 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. /Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and DACS, London

Muhammad Ali (1978), Andy Warhol. © 2017 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and DACS, London

Black Children Keep Your Spirits Free (1972), Carolyn Lawrence. Courtesy of Carolyn Mims Lawrence

Black Children Keep Your Spirits Free (1972), Carolyn Lawrence. Courtesy of Carolyn Mims Lawrence

Art Is (Girlfriends Times Two) (1983/2009), Lorraine O'Grady. Courtesy of the artist and Alexander Gray Associates, New York. © Lorraine O'Grady

Art Is (Girlfriends Times Two) (1983/2009), Lorraine O’Grady. Courtesy of the artist and Alexander Gray Associates, New York. © Lorraine O’Grady

Pittsburgh Memory (1964), Romare Bearden.

Pittsburgh Memory (1964), Romare Bearden. © Romare Bearden Foundation / DACS, London / VAGA, New York 2017

Did the Bear Sit Under a Tree? (1969), Benny Andrews. © Estate of Benny Andrews /DACS, London /VAGA, NY 2017

Did the Bear Sit Under a Tree? (1969), Benny Andrews. © Estate of Benny Andrews / DACS, London / VAGA, NY 2017

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