Black Pope (Sandwich Board Man), by Charles White, 1973

Charles White Black Pope (Sandwich Board Man), 1973

Medium: Oil wash on board
Dimensions: 65 1/2 x 49 1/2 in. (166.4 x 125.7 cm)
Credit Line: The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchase. Photo by Ed Glendinning

White's representation of a street-corner preacher reflects his interest in portraying contemporary African Americans. With this work he began to use a variety of media—including Conté crayon, ink, and charcoal—and application techniques to create layered and multi-tonal effects.


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"Black Pope (Sandwich Board Man)." Now Dig This! Art in Black Los Angeles, 1960–1980 Digital Archive. Los Angeles: Hammer Museum, 2016.