People displaced from their homeland and moving to a foreign country should make every effort to “acquire” local culture. This is because it can lead to ignorance of their faith in accordance with the culture of their “new” country. African-Americans had to change their understanding of art so that their artistic creations in the US would be appreciated. To better understand this concept, it is necessary to learn about the history of African American artwork.
The art of slavery
The period of slavery in the United States showed how many African Americans had to change their patterns in the art that remained true to accepted forms of art in America, largely influenced by Europe. Meanwhile, African-American artists have described themselves as “slave artisans with other skills, such as Clint.” However, this definition was later changed to the “white family painter”, and in some cases, the painters became known as “painters of rich and colorful people”. Some of these painters were praised and were able to free themselves from their teachers by sharing their works.
After the Civil War
After the Civil War, many African-American artists were considered their talent. Until the 1920s, most artists built exhibitions in museums and studios. However, the works created at that time corresponded with the European tradition, and the education of these artists remained essentially European.
In the late 1920s, several African American artwork professionals founded a movement called Black or Harlem Renaissance. This paved the way for research and redistribution of African American artwork in the form of literature, music, knowledge and fine arts, which also helped to improve the personality of African-Americans as people. The last decade has been considered a “renaissance” of African-American artwork, in which artists have freed themselves from foreign influences to discover their form of art. Since then, African-American artists can express themselves on the basis of this “renaissance”.