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October 16, 2021

Biggest, Roundest and Brightest Coruscant

Sparkle – motives are weighed in

Amped-up go with your gut.

Ernie Barnes, Pause Café/Coffee Break, 1985. © Ernie Barnes

The People’s Painter: The late Ernie Barnes may be the most successful visual artist to ever begin his career playing professional football.

In 2019, patrons swarmed on the California African American Museum (CAAM) in Los Angeles to see a major survey of the beloved athlete-turned-painter’s work.

The exhibition, titled “Ernie Barnes: A Retrospective,” spanned Barnes’s five-decade career and illuminated his influence on both art history and popular culture.

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6 Comments
  1. Biggest, Roundest and Brightest Coruscant
    Sparkle – motives are weighed in
    Amped-up go with your gut.

    Did you write this, Abi? I like this piece 🙂

  2. Love what you wrote to go with this beautiful picture!

  3. Thank you so much Belladonna
    Isn’t it, just too beautiful. I can look at it for hours, eavesdropping on the conversation.
    The dog listening in, is just too marvelous and funny.

  4. A fantastic piece, Abi. And, the painting is amazing. ☺️

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