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BARBARA JONES-HOGU (1938 - ) UNITE.
Color screenprint, 1971. 570x762 mm; 22 1/2x30 inches, wide margins. Signed by the artist and by fellow AfriCOBRA artists, Gerald Williams, Napolean Henderson, Carolyn Mims Lawrence, Jae Jarrell, Howard Mallory, and Nelson Stevens (with one unidentified signature) in ink, lower margin. Violet ink stamped "AfriCOBRA, Print #10, Copyright 1971," lower left.
Unite is a wonderful example of early work of this artist collaborative in Chicago. Having worked together on the mural The Wall of Respect, Barbara Jones-Hogu and her contemporaries artists wanted to establish a revolutionary but representational style that be accessible to a wide urban audience. The Coalition of Black Revolutionary Artists (COBRA) soon became the African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists (AfriCOBRA). Between 1968 and 1973, the group organized exhibitions at the Studio Museum in Harlem and the University of Massachusestts, Amherst, and published large, colorful prints such as this. Schmidt Campbell p. 57.