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A Countee Cullen Exhibit


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Portrait by Weinold Reiss

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Photo by James L. Allen


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A bronze-colored Countee Cullen is portrayed reaching out to a bust of himself in the traditional representation of a poet: a white marble-colored bust crowned with a laurel wreath. His other hand holds his book "Color."

The monument rests on a base inscribed with quotations from Cullen's poetry. The composition also owes something to Rembrand's painting of Aristotle contemplating the bust of Homer."  The monument was originally created for an exhibition at the Woodlawn Cemetery where Countee Cullen is buried and it is shown here on that site. The exhibition sponsored by the cemetery and the Bronx Council on the Arts ran for a year in 1995-1996. The monument has a permanent home now at the Countee Cullen branch of the New York Public Library.

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