This Friday, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts will open Procession: The Art of Norman Lewis, the artist’s first major retrospective. Norman Lewis (1909–1979) was a crucial figure in American abstraction, an active member of the Harlem art community, and a politically conscious activist. Lewis’s colorful paintings took their inspiration from music, nature, and the dramatic confrontations of the civil rights movement, of which Lewis was an active supporter.

The exhibition and its catalogue feature roughly 90 paintings and works on paper, as well as archival sketches and writings from Lewis’s estate. The book includes seven essays on Lewis, plus a detailed chronology and checklists.

 

Photography by Jeremy Linden