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“‘If at times my productions do not express the conventionally beautiful,’ Jacob Lawrence once remarked, ‘there is always an effort to express the universal beauty of man’s continuous struggle…’ Lawrence was a prominent figurative painter of the 20th century and the most important Black artist of his time, recounting epic narratives and everyday scenes, often of the African-American experience, to tell a broader American story.”

Barbara Purcell writes of Lawrence’s struggle and artistic triumph in The Art Scene, her inaugural column for Salmagundi #212-213 (fall 2021 - Winter 2022), which will be published at the end of November. To subscribe to Salmagundi or order single issues, visit the SHOP link in the menu above.

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Salmagundi 202-213 (Fall 2021 - Winter 2022) will be published by December 1. A characteristically eclectic and provocative issue, 212-213 includes:

Barbara Purcell’s inaugural Art Scene column on Jacob Lawrence

“Can the American Meritocracy Get Religion?, a symposium including Marilynne Robinson, Rick Moody, Siri Hustvedt, William Deresiewicz and David Skeel

An interview on race and integration with writer Calvin Baker

An excerpt from Elias Canetti’s The Book Against Death

Linda Hall on the American essay

Jennifer Delton on “Inclusiveness”

Benjamin Ivry on Huizinga

Jeffrey Meyers on Plath and Arbus

Fiction by Sheila Kohler, poems by Kit Fan, Richard Tillinghast and others

And much more.

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