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HENRY W. BANNARN (1910 - 1965) Sharecroppers.
Gouache on buff wove paper, 1944. 305x508 mm; 12x20 inches. Signed, titled "S.C." and dated in red gouache, lower left.
Provenance: private collection, California.
Henry W. Bannarn was born in Wetumpka, Oklahoma on July 17, 1910. At a young age, Bannarn's family moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota where he studied at the Minneapolis School of Art (now the Minneapolis College of Art and Design). He received a grant from the Minneapolis philanthropist James Ford Bell, giving him the opportunity to move to New York City and further his career. In their Harlem Sutdio, Bannarn and Charles Alston founded the Alston-Bannarn workshop at 306 West 141 Street. It became known as the "306" and was a creative center and meeting place for artstis, musicians and poets. Bannard became a teacher at the Harlem Community Art Center and was also part of the WPA Art Project. His work is mostly known for confronting issues among the African-American communities and the struggle for equality and justice. Bannarn exhibited at Clark Atlanta University, Howard University, the Schomburg Center of Research for Black Culture, Harmon Foundation, Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.