Although sometimes considered a Harlem Renaissance artist, Sargent Johnson spent his career in the Bay Area; he was the first African American artist on the West Coast to achieve a national reputation. Johnson moved to San Francisco in 1915 to study painting, drawing, and his primary medium, sculpture. Lizzetta LeFalle-Collins in Sargent Johnson: African American Modernist. Exh. cat., San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. San Francisco, 1998, pp. 21, 82, no. 24, colorpl. 17 not this edition collection Calfornia Afro-American Museum Foundation. Samella Lewis. African American Art and Artists. 3rd rev.
On this date in 1888, Sargent Johnson was born. He was an African American painter and sculptor. Sargent Claude Johnson was from Boston, the third of six children born to Anderson, who was Swedish and Lizzie Jackson, Cherokee and black. Racial problems and illness resulted in a troubled marriage. Some of the mixed race Johnson children were accepted as Indian or white and lived their lives as. San Francisco Bay Area–artist Johnson was a sculptor of international renown. He also experimented with lithography, gaining access to Work Projects Administration WPA-operated printmaking facilities through his role as unit supervisor of the WPA sculpture division. Sargent Claude Johnson?s hammered copper masks retain the strong influence of African art and draw on the ideas of philosopher Alain Locke?s concept that mandated black artists use indigenous African art as an aesthetic model. 2 Mask is an example of a highly abstracted mask designed in the relative oval shape of a face while maintaining a highly flattened front surface. Sargent Claude Johnson was born in 1888 in Boston, Massachusetts to a father of Swedish descent and a mother of African American and Cherokee heritage. Both of his parents died when Johnson was young, and he and his siblings went to live with their uncle and his wife, the noteworthy African American sculptor May Howard Jackson. Sargent Johnson’s philosophy and practice of art is notably influenced by Alain Locke's classic anthology, 'The New Negro', which informed how his representations incorporated multiculturalism, African art, and Southern black culture.
Sargent Johnson began showing his work with the Harmon Foundation of New York in 1926Through the foundation, known for its support of African-American art, he exhibited many of his pieces and became locally and then nationally known.There was a total of 87 pieces displayed at the show and a $150 prize for most outstanding work went to Johnson. Founded in 1977, Sargent Johnson Gallery is named for one of the Bay Area's most prominent sculptors, Sargent Claude Johnson. Locate in the first-floor lobby of the African American Arts and Culture Complex, this gallery focuses on exhibiting works by African American artists from San Francisco's Western Addition and the greater Bay Area.
See other works by Sargent Johnson Please note that artwork locations are subject to change, and not all works are on view at all times. If you are planning a visit to SFMOMA to see a specific work of art, we suggest you contact us at collections@ to confirm it will be on view. Sargent Johnson: Bay Area Artist. The Federal Arts Project. military bases, libraries, and housing projects. Among these artists was Sargent Claude Johnson, 1888-1967, a prominent black sculptor, ceramicist, painter,. much of the Depression Johnson was able to stay employed and off the relief rolls because of government sponsorship of art. The Harlem Renaissance was a renewal to the inspirational and influence of art on the Black community and the community’s influence on the world. Greats like Scott JoplinRagtimeand Josephine Baker were the stars of the time along with Langston Hughes and artist such as Sargent Claude Johnson, Archibald Motley, Jr. and Lois Mailou Jones.
Sargent Johnson was not a stranger to this blog, his WPA work is at the Maritime Museum. Born in Boston on October 7, 1887, Sargent Claude Johnson was the third of six children of Anderson and Lizzie Jackson Johnson. Anderson Johnson was of Swedish ancestry, and his wife was Cherokee and African American. Available for sale from Dolan/Maxwell, Sargent Claude Johnson, Singing Saints 1940, Lithography, 12 × 9 1/4 in.
Dorothy C. Sargent Claude Johnson was an artist who took pride in his work. He was an outstanding artist that he achieved a national reputation and received many awards. His artistic work consisted of sculptors, painting, graphics, pottery, and carving. Sargent Johnson has been featured in articles for the Art Market Monitor, the ArtDaily and the ArtDaily. The most recent article is ‘Way Bay’ at UC Berkeley strays way off path written by Charles Desmarais for the San Francisco Chronicle in January 2018. The artist died in 1967. Artist’s alternative names: Sargent Claude Johnson. Breck: Sargent Claude Johnson and the Harolds Club mural. Astute art collectors and galleries have held the two creators of the Harolds Club mural in high regard for many years since it was placed. Sargent Claude Johnson American, 1888-1967. Untitled Standing Woman, ca. 1933-1935. Terracotta, paint, surface coating, Overall:. Locke’s particular encouragement of art that celebrated black physical types and African ancestral traditions led Johnson to refer to African sculpture in the masklike form of the face.
This is the signature print for the African-American San Francisco artist Sargent Johnson who was best known as a sculptor. In 1940 the San Francisco Chronicle devised a “plan to bring western art to the western public” by presenting Contemporary Graphics to its readers. 17.11.2012 · Sargent Johnson talks. Sargent Johnson talks. Skip navigation Sign in. Search. Loading. Close. This video is unavailable. The intro of Sargent johnson Andrea Yasmin. Loading.
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