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Big New Blanton Gift Advances Black Studies Initiatives on UT Campus


Charles White, Homage to Sterling Brown (1972) Oil on canvas.

Big news: Twenty works by the prominent African American artist Charles White (1918–1979) have been gifted to the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin by Drs. Susan G. and Edmund W. Gordon of Pomona, New York. The Gordon collection of White’s work is considered one of the (if not the) most important in the United States. The works include paintings, prints and drawings, and will become part of the museum’s permanent collection. Among the gifted works is one of White’s most celebrated paintings, Homage to Sterling Brown, from 1972.

Blanton director Simone Wicha states, “White was not only one of the most renowned draftsmen of the 20th century, but also a distinguished educator and revered mentor. He profoundly influenced countless younger artists and paved the way for generations of African Americans in the field.” Alongside the gift of the White’s artworks are the papers of Dr. Edmund W. Gordon of Columbia University, who is one of the world’s leading educators of African American studies. His papers will go to UT’s Benson Latin American Collection and add to its library of “growing Black Diaspora Special Collections.”

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