Friday, July 18, 2008

Exhibit is a tribute to black artists

Exhibit is a tribute to black artists
Michael H. Hodges / The Detroit News

John and Vivian Hewitt were not rich New Yorkers. He was a medical journalist who freelanced a lot. She was a librarian.

But on their honeymoon in 1949, the African-American couple bought some prints. And instead of buying furniture with money they got for their wedding, they bought yet more art -- all African-American.

Over half a century, the Hewitts -- who never regarded art as an investment -- acquired one of the most spectacular private collections of African-American art in the nation. The fruit of that passion, "Celebration and Vision: The Hewitt Collection of African American Art," is showing at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History through Aug. 30, and is well worth the trip to Detroit's Cultural Center.
Jonathan Green, Easter, 1989, acrylic on paper

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