Transatlantic Dialogue:  Art in and Out of Africa
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homage to b.b. king

Yvonne Edwards-Tucker
American, born 1941
Curtis Tucker
American, 1939-1992
Homage to B. B. King, 1991
Thrown and sgraffito-carved raku
Lent by the artists

When Curtis Tucker, now deceased, and Yvonne Edwards-Tucker worked together, they combined elements from African, Asian and European sources into one integrated cultural ensemble, demonstrating the pluralisms of African American artistic heritage. The shapes recall a combination of African and European pottery, while the raku technique is Asian. The subject matter, however, is distinctly African American. B. B. King is a legendary blues musician, and therefore, the work is wrapped around the mysterious and complicated rhythm of blues sounds translated into visual values.

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