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Emma Amos: Color Odyssey


Georgia Museum of Art / Atlanta / Art

The Georgia-born artist Emma Amos, who died in 2020 at the age of 83, is renowned for her high-color paintings, which often feature Black women falling, floating, through space. Amos was an activist as well as an artist. She argued that the feminist movement was predominantly white, and that the Black art scene was predominantly male. In her work, she often used African fabrics, sloping planes, and agitated color patterns—suggestions of an impending shift in the old world order. At the Georgia Museum of Art, 60 works trace important moments in Amos’s artistic development, from the beginning—her grad student years at New York University and her involvement with the Black art group Spiral—to her late work. —E.C.

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