News-Antique.com - Feb 21,2012 - Boston, Massachusetts - Martha Richardson Fine Art of Boston will present a retrospective of works by African American Boston artist John Wilson (b. 1922) at the fifth annual AD20/21: Art & Design of the 20th & 21st Centuries, March 15-18, 2012 at The Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont Street in Boston's South End. Martha Richardson, already known for her previous exhibition of John Wilson's prints and drawings now represents the artist in New England. Wilson, a skilled painter, sculptor and printmaker, was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1922.
"We are proud and honored to have been chosen to represent this nationally-acclaimed local treasure," notes Richardson.
Featuring more than 40 exhibitors from the United States and Europe, AD20/21 combines a spectacular selection of 20th and 21st Century fine art, photography, vintage and contemporary studio furniture, jewelry and decorative arts with the 13th Annual Boston Print Fair, which offers fine prints, drawings and works on paper. The show opens Thursday, March 15, with a Gala Preview from 5:30-8:30pm, with all proceeds benefiting Boston Architectural College (BAC), New England's largest independent, accredited college of spatial design. Internationally recognized interior designer Vicente Wolf will be the show's special guest and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient for 2012. For information, please call 617-363-0405 or visit www.AD2021.com.
As a young boy, John Wilson's artistic abilities were recognized and nurtured by his teachers at the Roxbury Boys’ Club. After his work was brought to the attention of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Wilson received a full scholarship. Wilson graduated from the Museum School in 1945 with the highest honors, and in 1947 he received the prestigious James William Paige Traveling Fellowship from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He moved to Paris and worked in Fernand Léger’s studio in 1948-49. Then, in 1950, Wilson received the John Hay Whitney Fellowship, enabling him to move to Mexico City where he studied at the Esmeralda School of Art, the Instituto Politécnico and the Escuela de las Artes del Libro. He was attracted to the Mexican muralists, in particular the work of Orozco, who was creating large-scale public art with powerful political messages. Wilson made prints at the renowned workshop, the Taller de Gráfica Popular, where Mexican artists and other like-minded American artists, such as Charles White and Elizabeth Catlett, were producing prints of socially conscious subjects. Wilson's artistic development and his achievements are profoundly intertwined with his compassion for the oppressed and his commitment to social progress. Observing and experiencing injustice himself, he devoted his considerable talents to address the painful realities of racial prejudice and social disenfranchisement.
Wilson returned to the States in 1956, working first in Chicago and then in New York until 1964, when he returned to Boston to accept a position as art professor at the School of Fine and Applied Arts at Boston University. Wilson still lives in Boston.
Among the many notable works which Martha Richardson Fine Art will display at the show is the