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Walter Sanford

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Walter Sanford (1912 - 1987) was active/lived in New York, Illinois.  Walter Sanford is known for Abstract figurative painting, cubism.

Walter Sanford, also known as Sanford, (30 January 1912 – 3 July 1987), was an American artist who spent almost every day of his adult life painting in Chicago and Detroit. He was one of the first and only black social realism and abstract expressionist artists of the 20th century.

He was heralded “Black Picasso” and “Detroit’s Picasso” for his cubist figure paintings and in 1958 he won the Prix de Paris La Grande Saison de Paris at the Raymond Duncan Galleries. He opened the first black-owned art gallery and exhibited at the first Negro Art Exhibition and Negro History Week in Detroit. Sanford was hailed as one of Michigan’s foremost modern art painters in 1952.
Sanford was part of the Second Wave (1941-1960) of the Black Chicago Renaissance of African-American artists and embraced a range of styles and influences. An expressionist until 1945, Sanford was clearly influenced by and followed Pablo Picasso’s cubism in his paintings, then switched to abstract expressionism for   ...  [Displaying 1000 of 2862 characters.]  Artist bio

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6 Book References for Walter Sanford
Year Author Title Pages Color
2005 AskART.com Inc. -
Dunbier, Lonnie Pierson (Editor)
The Artists Bluebook 34,000 North American Artists to March 2005 479 No
2005 Davenport, Ray Davenport's Art Reference: The Gold Edition 2421 No
1999 Falk, Peter Hastings (Editor) Who Was Who in American Art, 1564-1975: Three Volumes
(Exhibition catalog)
3724 No
1973 Cederholm, Theresa Dickason Afro-American Artists: A Bio-Bibliographical Directory 348 No
1973 Naylor, Maria Exhibition Record 1861-1900, National Academy of Design (Two Volumes Set)
(Exhibition catalog)
1075 No
1960 Dover, Cedric American Negro Art 186 Yes
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