Artwork of the Week: May 18

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John Biggers (American, 1924–2001), Four Seasons, color lithograph, 1990. 24 x 34 in.

Dr. John T. Biggers was a gifted, narrative artist widely acclaimed for his complex, symbolic compositions based on African American and African cultural themes. Featured in an exhibition curated by University of Toledo students, this brightly colored print uses West African symbolism to play on the metaphor of four African American women who, almost literally, hold up their households. Biggers weaves a tapestry of line and color, in which the women’s stories are woven together in geometric patterns and forms, not unlike the weaving of West African textiles.

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