The Struggle

Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Struggle

Artist
Purvis Young, born Miami, FL 1943-died Miami, FL 2010
Gallery Label
Purvis Young was a native of Miami, Florida, who created a unique art environment in the neighborhood of Overtown. In 1971, Young decided to make a statement in his downtrodden neighborhood after being inspired by murals made by African-American activists in Chicago and Detroit. He decided to paint in a vacant alley of boarded up store fronts—a blank slate—with images that charted the challenges of this once-vibrant neighborhood. The Struggle is widely regarded as Young’s most powerful and significant work from this period.
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Grumbacher-Viener Collection in memory of Nancy Grumbacher
1973-1974
Object number
2014.15
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Type
Painting
Folk Art
Medium
acrylic on wood
Dimensions
88 × 77 in. (223.5 × 195.6 cm)
Department
Painting and Sculpture
On View
Smithsonian American Art Museum, 1st Floor, West Wing
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Topic
Figure male
Cityscape
Architecture\vehicle\truck
Architecture Exterior\domestic\apartment
Record ID
saam_2014.15
GUID (Link to Original Record)
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk71dd4ff09-ac8e-459f-9afe-c3f82185ed52