san-francisco

William Henderson, Henry Rollins, Michael Greene, Donald Coles and Leslie Price

Oakland Museum of California

“Black, Untitled,” a show at the Oakland Museum, displayed the work of five black artists. All are under 30, and all live and work in the San Francisco Bay Area. The show was organized by Evangeline Montgomery, consultant on black art to the Oakland Museum, and we owe her thanks for bringing us five artists who have had little exposure here. (None of the work in “Black, Untitled” has been previously exhibited.)

William Henderson is the Expressionist of the five; he makes pictures that speak even to the viewer who has little sophistication about the visual arts. In one of his smaller pieces we see at left a white clergyman, bald, dried up, perhaps cruel; at right we see a black man wearing sunglasses and a green hat and a blue shirt. He has a mustache. Hair grows on this black man, and nothing grows on the white priest. It is a very simple contrast. Most of Henderson’s paintings are on large

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