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Narratives of African American Art and Identity

William T. Williams

Blue Walk, c. 1991

Color lithograph

41" x 29"


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Blue Walk

In the 1990s, Williams created a series of lithographs in which he pays homage to black jazz musicians and many of their popular tunes. Blue Walk is an actively conceived study in shades of blue that captures the quiet mood of this popular jazz tune. Here an effervescent flow of baroque-like forms moves in and out of Williams's spiraling compositional boundary like dancing figures on a ballroom floor. Instead of depicting the physical appearance of the dancer, Williams leaves us with the thought of a monochromatic poem that invites quiet reflection.

An avid lover of jazz music, Williams has set about renewing jazz themes in his art, much of which helped sustain the avowed interest he now has in collecting music from the great jazz era.  T. F.

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