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Beer Party

Savage, Lee

Beer Party

pastel on paper

1987 Gift of the Artist

Throughout his career, Lee Savage had little regard for popular trends in art. His paintings and drawings communicate the frailty of human nature with a touch of mockery to challenge the perception of reality.

Savage changed the title of this drawing from "Eleven Black Men" to "Beer Party" and based it upon a 1920s era photograph. He altered aspects of the photograph to draw attention to social and historical issues. In "Beer Party" he changed the water glasses on the table to beer bottles and switched the racial identification of the servers and patrons.