Portraiture from the Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art at The University of Alabama
April 19 through June 15, 2014
Paul R. Jones collected scores of portraits of African-American artists, musicians, actors, and other celebrities. This exhibition includes paintings, sculptures, prints, and photographs of James Baldwin, Paul Robeson, Duke Ellington, James Van Der Zee, Harriet Tubman, Hayward Louis Oubre, Jacob and Gwendolen Knight Lawrence, Sammy Davis Jr., B. B. King, Gordon Parks, Aaron Douglas, Miles Davis.
This is part of an exhibition series selected from the Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art at The University of Alabama. Jones (1928-2010), described by Art & Antiques magazine as “one of the top collectors in the country,” amassed one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of 20th-century African-American art and donated much of it to The University of Alabama.
Charles Rodgers, James Van Der Zee Playing Violin, 1995, watercolor, Image Courtesy The Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art at The University of Alabama.