Sunny Side of Black Wall Street, The Sequel - 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre
In this work commemorating the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, the artist combines archival photographs with his signature painterly style. The painting evokes feelings of both disappointment and aspiration in its fantastical landscape, and is part of series Linzy made while he was a Tulsa Artist Fellow. He curated selections of these works alongside nine other artists for a layout in Bomb Magazine.
Kalup Linzy draws on his background as a gay, Black artist from the rural American South to create work which grapples with race, class, sexuality and family dynamics. His art encompasses painting, video and collage, and often satirizes popular cultural norms as well as the social politics of the art world. He employs a do-it-yourself aesthetic that gives each piece a gritty realism, earnestly expressing Linzy’s longing, aspiration and disappointment.