The Whitney Museum of American Art has announced the acquisition of the painting American Totem (1960), one of the most iconic works by Norman Lewis. The artist was a central figure in the abstract expressionist movement that was often overlooked in historical analysis. He was one of the few African-American artists involved in the New York School, and the only black person to participate in the closed sessions promoted by Willem de Kooning and Franz Kline. This is the artist's first work purchased by the museum.
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