Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Black Arts Movement- Larry Neal

Larry Neal wants black people to develop their own culture rather than conforming to the art of the white man. Neal believes that instead of continuing to express black views through Western aesthetic that we should form a "black aesthetic". In his manifesto Neal states, "We advocate a cultural revolution in art and ideas." He is saying that black people need to come together and form their own culture of art.  He also states that aesthetic and ethics should be one.  Larry Neal wants to bring forth an art that targets the black audience with and realistic basis.   

I do believe that the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. might have shaped some of Neal's views. It seems to me that he is tired of white culture altogether and believe it is time for a change. He believes it is time for black people to have a revolution and stand up for what they believe in.

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