Norman W. Lewis: Untitled (Alabama)

In Untitled (Alabama), bold gestural brushstrokes of stark white paint coalesce into a procession of figures marching across a black color field. Triangular shapes at the right evoke hooded Klansmen. In this play of black and white, Norman Lewis deftly negotiated Abstract Expressionism's disavowal of overt narrative and political content while also fulfilling his desire to address the Civil Rights Movement.