With images that are nearly forty years old and originally created to change the world, Emory Douglas is still celebrated as a revolutionary artist of the ’60s and ’70s. Eventually becoming the Minister of Culture for the group, Douglas created the overall design of the Black Panther, the Party’s weekly newspaper, and oversaw its layout and production until the Black Panthers disbanded in 1979–80. Throughout two decades, Douglas made countless artworks, illustrations, and cartoons, which were reproduced in the paper and distributed as prints, posters, cards and even sculptures. Still as powerful as when Douglas first designed them, the graphic creations used by the Black Panther Party utilized a straightforward style and a vocabulary of images that would eventually become synonymous with the Party and the issues it fought for.
Douglas’ work is on exhibit from July 22nd through October 18th at the New Museum in New York.
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