Images of Dignity: The Drawings of Charles White. Ward Ritchie Press. Foreward by Harry Belafonte. Introduction by James Porter. Commentary by Benjamin Horowitz. The first 125 of this limited of 250 copies specially bound and boxed contain an original lithograph by Charles White. This is copy no. 61 (signed) Charles White. Hard cover in slipcase. 8" x 11 1/2". 121 pages. SLIPCASE has wear, surface abrasion in some places, possibly from insect activity. 3/4" length of separation on each side one end of the slipcase opening. Soiling along one edge of the slipcase opening. Abrasion from the former presence of a price tag. BOOK: Bright gilt lettering on the spine. The only flaws I see in this book is light wear on the cover tips and light bumping on the spine. Otherwise, no previous owner markings. No tears, folds or creases to pages. Binding is tight with no looseness to pages. Not ex-library, not remaindered and not a facsimile reprint. For sale by Jon Wobber, bookseller since 1978. HD19a
"Charles Wilbert White, Jr. (April 2, 1918 – October 3, 1979) was an African American artist known for his chronicling of African American related subjects in paintings, drawings, lithographs, and murals. Throughout his career, White's lifelong commitment to chronicling the triumphs and struggles of African Americans cemented him as one of the most well-known artists in African American art history. Following his death in 1979, White's work has been included in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Newark Museum, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.
White "was a humanist, drawn to the physical body and more literal representations of the lives of African-Americans", according to Lauren Warnecke for the Chicago Tribune. While this put him out of step with the abstract movement in art, the power of his work is undeniable according to the Los Angeles Times' Christopher Knight, especially White's graphic work in graphite, charcoal, crayon and ink. The Washington Post art critic, Philip Kennicott finds White's work central to American art. "Grace, passion, coolness, toughness, [and] beauty" mark White's work, according to Holland Cotter in The New York Times; White had "the hand of an angel" and "the eye of a sage"."- Wikipedia