Category Archives: William H. Johnson

William H. Johnson Alive

On a sultry afternoon first summer of the Twentieth Century in Florence, South Carolina, Alice Johnson is cleaning house for an affluent white man who tells his wife and two kids go on over to her sister’s for awhile. Minutes later he appears behind Alice and says, “No more cleanin today,” grabs shoulders to turn […]

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Garden Party for William H. Johnson

(A major feature about painter William H. Johnson, 1901-1970, will be posted later this spring.) I wish William H. Johnson, gifted painter of a unique world, were at this party honoring young African American artists, staged by the foundation bearing his name, at an elegant old two-story home near the Wilshire district in Los Angeles. […]

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