Return From Alienation

SHOWS: "WILLIAM H. JOHNSON: HIS EARLY CAREER"; "WILLIAM H. JOHNSON AND AFRO AMERICA"

WHERE: STUDIO MUSEUM IN HARLEM; WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, NEW YORK CITY

WHAT: PAINTINGS BY WILLIAM H. JOHNSON

THE BOTTOM LINE: A deeply troubled and long-ignored black American painter is given his due.

Two shows this month in New York City -- a small survey at the Studio Museum in Harlem and a larger one organized by the National Museum of American Art in Washington and now at the Whitney Museum of American Art -- are dedicated to the almost forgotten artist William H. Johnson (1901-70). As...

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