After writing a number of short pieces--some seemingly more enthusiastic than others and some actually more enthusiastic than others--some posts from art shows unintentionally give short shrift to brilliant work. I mention this specifically here because the work of Lawrence and Cox is truly wonderful.
Lawrence's work depicted African-American life, specifically in Harlem. He used the term "cubism" to refer to his own work but he was not peering across the Atlantic toward his French predecessors (and contemporaries). He painted some of his best known work on cardboard. The piece above, however, is oil on canvas.
Cox, from Indiana, is often placed amongst the "magic realist" painters. What a wonderful name for a school of art--magic realist. He lived and worked in Chicago following World War II and was a professor for over 17 years.