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'From Africa to Abstract' at Southampton Cultural Center Celebrates Black History

Danny Simmons and Tina Andrew are among the six artists whose works are featured in the exhibit.

Untitled Woman's Head by Brent Bailer - Credit: Courtesy of Southampton Cultural Center
Untitled Woman's Head by Brent Bailer - Credit: Courtesy of Southampton Cultural Center
In celebration of Black History Month, six African-American artists will be featured in a new exhibit at the Southampton Cultural Center, starting Wednesday.

"From Africa to Abstract: Journey of a People Through Art and Image," will show the works of Brent Bailer, Rosa Hanna Scott,  Jacquelyn Flowers, Tina Andrews, Dianne Smith, and Danny Simmons. The art ranges from abstracts, sculptures, pastels, mixed media and representational works.

Andrews also serves as the guest curator, and she gathered the artists from Washington, DC, Harlem, Brooklyn and East Hampton.

Simmons is a neo-African abstract expressionist painter and the brother of hip hop mogul Russell Simmons and rapper Joseph Simmons, known as "Rev Run of Run-D.M.C. fame.

"It's an exciting,  soulful exhibit filled with not only works which envisage our slave past, but abstracts and photos which visualize the present and promise of a post racial future. I urge everyone to come out and see it," she said.

Andrews, who lives in Malibu and on the East End, is an award-winning writer, photographer, sculptor and abstract expressionist, best known for scripting the Warner Bros. film "Why Do Fools Fall In Love." 

"From Africa to Abstract: Journey of a People Through Art and Image" is on exhibit from Jan. 29 through March 4. An opening reception is slated for Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m.

The gallery will be open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., or by appointment.

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