Icons: The Sacred Muse by Clifton Webb
The Beau Rivage Resort & Casino Gallery of African American Art
August 21 – November 3, 2018
Using a ‘visual alphabet’ developed over the course of his career, New Orleans-based artist Clifton Webb creates works imbued with reverence and dignity. Though the symbols he has developed may not be immediately familiar, they are unmistakably noble, and that was their intent. Webb set out to create works that would say to the world, “This is me and all the people around me who don’t get to see themselves, who don’t get to see the royalty and sacredness of who the African American is.”
A co-founder of the New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center, his work is included in the permanent collections of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and the New Orleans Museum of Art. He has also exhibited at the Arthur Roger Gallery, the Atlanta Arts Festival, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the Chattanooga Museum of Afro-American Culture and History, the Alternatives Museum, and Max Hutchinson Gallery in New York.
Webb contributed significantly to the development of a younger generation of artists during his twenty-five years as a teacher in the New Orleans Talented in Visual Arts program. He has a BFA and an MBA in sculpture from Louisiana State University.