Untitled (Alabama)

Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties, Brooklyn Museum, 2014

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Gift of the Collectors Committee, 2009.45.1.

About Norman Wilfred Lewis

Born in Harlem and working within New York City’s downtown art scene, Norman Wilfred Lewis first began painting in a figural style grounded in social realism, focusing on bread lines, police brutality, and the struggles of black Americans. Lewis transitioned to a more abstract style of art during the 1940s and 1950s, continuing to focus on social inequalities but growing increasingly interested in personal expression rather than representation. Lewis’s shift to abstraction was driven in part by his realization that reproducing or mirroring social conditions did not adequately reflect his goals as an artist. His work Evening Rendezvous, for example, addresses political activism and humanitarian concerns through hazy visuals inspired by clandestine Ku Klux Klan gatherings.

American, 1909-1979, New York, New York, based in New York, New York

Solo Shows on Artsy

2015
Norman Lewis: Canvas, Bill Hodges Gallery
2015
Norman Lewis: Works on Paper, Bill Hodges Gallery

Group Shows on Artsy

2015
50 Under $5k, Bill Hodges Gallery
2015
Artists of the WPA, Bill Hodges Gallery
2015
Fifteen x Fifteen, Bill Hodges Gallery
2014
History, Bill Hodges Gallery
2014
Encore, Bill Hodges Gallery
2014