Last week, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion introduced by Supervisor Kathryn Barger to honor the legacy of pioneering artist and Altadena resident Charles White.
By News Desk
The motion directs the County’s Department of Arts and Culture to contract the artist’s son, Ian White, to design and create civic art that will be displayed at Charles White Park.
“I’m proud our County will tangibly honor the life and work of Charles White,” said Supervisor Kathryn Barger. “He was a true master of his craft and a visionary for what is possible when art, social commentary, advocacy, and community come together. He has undoubtedly influenced generations of artists. I look forward to his talented son creating something special in his memory. It’s exciting to see his legacy continue.”
Charles White is renowned for highlighting African American related subjects in paintings, drawings, lithographs, and murals. Born in 1918, he was a distinguished professor at several institutions of higher education, including Dillard University, George Washington Carver School in New York, and the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles.
His work is included in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, among others. Mr. White lived in Altadena in his later years and his son is actively involved in the community today.
The County’s Civic Art Policy – first adopted by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in 2004 – will fund this $100,000 project. The policy has created a special public fund to create civic artworks in unincorporated areas of the County.
Charles White Park, at 77 N. Mountain Street in Altadena is scheduled to be renovated soon. This five acre park consists of a children’s play area, picnic tables, and lots of green open space. It is located between Lincoln Avenue and Fair Oaks Avenue.
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