Article on HYPERALLERGIC featuring the work of Artist In Resident Peter Bradley

Peter Bradley, “Hemming” (1971), acrylic on canvas, 108 x 84 in. (image courtesy the artist)

Peter Bradley, “Hemming” (1971), acrylic on canvas, 108 x 84 in. (image courtesy the artist)

1971: A Year in the Life of Color studies two exhibitions essential to the ongoing relationship between black American artists and modernism. 

“There is a lot of history that this history sits on,” Melvin Edwards chimed in from the audience of Darby English’s book talk at the Whitney Museum of American Art. The history Edwards was speaking of was The Deluxe Show, a little-known exhibition that appeared in August of 1971 at the dilapidated DeLuxe Theater in the Fifth Ward of Houston, Texas. Edwards is a sculptor and master metalworker who also grew up in Fifth Ward, one of the first black communities in the city where this extraordinary exhibition occurred. English is an art historian, and his new book, 1971: A Year in the Life of Color, is the first to discuss Deluxe in depth. 

With the support of powerful art collectors Dominique and John de Menil, artist Peter Bradley wrestled his artist buddies in from New York and they descended upon the poor black neighborhood to bring art to the people.  (click here to read the rest of the article)