Benny Andrews

Benny Andrews, Image 1-6 (set of 6), 2006
From the portfolio for Everything That Rises Must Converge
Text by Flannery O’Connor
Images by Benny Andrews
Six plate aquatint etchings with hard ground and spit bite
Signed, dated and numbered by the artist on recto
Plate size: 13 x 18 inches
Paper size: 25.5 x 19.5 inches
Edition of 75
Published by Limited Editions Club, printed by Wingate Studio

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About the artist

Benny Andrews (b 1930 Plainview, GA, d. 2006, Brooklyn, NY) was an African-American painter, printmaker, and creator of collages. He studied at the School of the Art Institute Chicago during the 1950’s, where he began his interest in painting. He moved to New York City in 1958 to pursue his artistic and activist practice. These practices would include the production of art education programs at the Queens College that served underprivileged students, and the Black Emergency Cultural Coalition. His work has contributed to making other artists of color, like Howardena Pindell, Sam Gillian, and Roy DeCarava, visible within art museums and the historical canon. He was a recipient of many awards, including the John Hay Whitney Fellowship (1965–66), the New York Council on the Arts fellowships (1971–81), and the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship (1974–81). His work is in the permanent collections of many museums across the US and internationally.