Emma Amos

American, 1937–2020

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Emma Amos

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American, 1937–2020

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As a painter and printmaker, Emma Amos used a combination of bold colors, words, and textiles to create dynamic figurative works. In addition to her independent practice, Amos was a member of the historic African American artist collective Spiral Group, and was also one of the anonymous feminists behind the Guerrilla Girls. In 2018, her painting Flower Sniffer (1966) was acquired by the Brooklyn Museum. Around the same time, her work was featured in two important traveling exhibitions that highlighted revolutionary Black art, “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power” and “We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85.”
Amos foresaw that her due recognition would come late. In a 1995 interview with bell hooks, the artist said of gaining art-world acclaim: “It’s not going to be me, or, if so, it’s going to be a late splurge on the order of what happened to Alice [Neel], Elizabeth Catlett, or Faith Ringgold.” Amos is featured in The Artsy Vanguard 2020.

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Biography

As a painter and printmaker, Emma Amos used a combination of bold colors, words, and textiles to create dynamic figurative works. In addition to her independent practice, Amos was a member of the historic African American artist collective Spiral Group, and was also one of the anonymous feminists behind the Guerrilla Girls. In 2018, her painting Flower Sniffer (1966) was acquired by the Brooklyn Museum. Around the same time, her work was featured in two important traveling exhibitions that highlighted revolutionary Black art, “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power” and “We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85.”
Amos foresaw that her due recognition would come late. In a 1995 interview with bell hooks, the artist said of gaining art-world acclaim: “It’s not going to be me, or, if so, it’s going to be a late splurge on the order of what happened to Alice [Neel], Elizabeth Catlett, or Faith Ringgold.” Amos is featured in The Artsy Vanguard 2020.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Articles Featuring Emma Amos
New HBO Documentary Connects Black Art’s Rich History and Vibrant Present
Feb 5th, 2021
New HBO Documentary Connects Black Art’s Rich History and Vibrant Present
How the Spiral Group Amplified the Diversity of Black Artists in 1960s America
Aug 20th, 2020
How the Spiral Group Amplified the Diversity of Black Artists in 1960s America
5 Artists on Our Radar This July
Jul 6th, 2020
5 Artists on Our Radar This July
The Pattern and Decoration Movement Challenged the Machismo of Modernism
Jan 31st, 2020
The Pattern and Decoration Movement Challenged the Machismo of Modernism
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