compelling 1947 oil on masonite "Black Despair (Black Solider)", which shows an African American solider with his head down on a table with his arms gripped over his head. The sitter for the painting was Wilson's brother Billy. From the same period, Richardson will offer the artist's 1947 Street Scene, an ink on paper drawing of a crowded urban street. Also being offered at the show is Roz #15 (Study for Eternal Presence), a 1972 black pastel drawing on paper, a study for Wilson's seven-foot tall bronze sculpture that stands outside of the National Center for Afro-American Artists in Boston.
On Saturday, March 17 at 4:15pm, Martha Richardson will present an informal talk on the artist in her exhibition booth at the show. This talk will be followed by a presentation by James Stroud of Center Street Studio who will be showing John Wilson's more recent prints at the show. Martha Richardson Fine Art is located at 38 Newbury Street. For further information, call 617-266-3321 or visit MarthaRichardsonFineArt.com.
The AD20/21 weekend show and sale takes place Friday, March 16 from 1-8pm, Saturday, March 17 from 11am-8pm, and Sunday March 18 from 11am-5pm. Weekend admission is $15, under 12 free and includes admission to all special programs, lectures and panel discussions at the fair. Valet and discount parking available. The show café is catered by Jules Catering. Details at www.AD2021.com.
Editor’s Note: • Complete John Wilson bio and additional photos on request.
• Interviews are available with Martha Richardson.
• Media coverage of the Gala and show is encouraged.