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Revival Meeting

Modern and Contemporary Art

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Revival Meeting

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Benny Andrews
American, 1930–2006

Date

1994

Medium

Oil and collage on canvas

Accession #

1995.1

Dimensions

50 x 72 inches

Location

Currently Out on Loan

Description

Here Benny Andrews revisits his childhood memories of revival services held at the Plainview Baptist Church near Madison, Georgia. Encouraged by the congregation’s singing and coaxed by a persuasive minister, people on the “mourners’ benches” pray for forgiveness and salvation. With bold colors, dramatic lighting, and theatrical gestures, Andrews conveys the anguish of the mourners and the ecstasy of the saved. He hoped his work “transcends [his] particular experiences . . . to speak to larger audiences about the human condition.”

Credit

Purchase with funds from Alfred Austell Thornton in memory of Leila Austell Thornton and Albert Edward Thornton, Sr., and Sarah Miller Venable and William Hoyt Venable

Image Copyright

© Estate of Benny Andrews / Licensed by VAGA, New York