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Artist
David K. DeLong
Title
Black is Beautiful III
Date
c. 1966
Medium
serigraph
Dimensions
Image: 35 1/2 × 23 7/8 inches (90.2 × 60.6 cm)Sheet: 36 1/2 × 28 1/4 inches (92.7 × 71.8 cm)
Tags
Print
Credit Line
Gift of Harriet DeLong.
Accession Number
2017.8.3
Over the course of five decades, David DeLong produced a body of work remarkable for its breadth, variety, and dexterity. Ranging from racing scenes to seascapes to mythological fantasies, DeLong’s output is that of a truly creative individual, never content to settle on a single theme, style, or medium.

During the 1960s, DeLong embraced abstraction, and these serigraphs are colorful expressions DeLong created in response to the Civil Rights Movement. Three simple words, “Black is Beautiful,” are vibrantly repeated against a backdrop of green and blue to give gravity to their meaning. Sharp black angles and broken letters break the calm of the composition and accentuate the turmoil of the time.