The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 95, July 1991 - April, 1992 Page: 22
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Cover: Third Ward-Brngng Light to the Ghetto by John Biggers, 1989. Oil on
canvas, 30 x 18 inches. Photograph of painting by Earlie Hudnall. Courtesy Col-
lection of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Bacon.
This vividly colored painting, with its distinctive African and African
American influences and symbolism, is from John Biggers's "shotgun
series" of paintings and drawings that feature the shotgun-style houses
found in the Third and Fourth Ward communities of Houston. Over
many years, Biggers's art has documented the black experience in
Texas, which is the subject of several articles in this issue. For four de-
cades he has, in the words of art historian Alvia Wardlaw, "celebrated
the richness of African American culture in his paintings, drawings,
and murals. From his visual complex of motifs which interpret black
culture, the shotgun house endures as an icon of the strength of the
black community, both rural and urban. In Bringing Light to the Ghetto a
young boy becomes the bearer of light and renewal for his generation."
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