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It’s difficult to know why Archibald John Motley Jr. never received the recognition he deserved during his lifetime. This modernist painter depicted African-American life in his native Chicago, exploring race, gender and sexuality with a voyeuristic perspective. His paintings cast light on issues of racism through portrayals of folklore and slavery. And for the first time in two decades, Motley’s work receives a museum exhibition at the Amon Carter Museum of Art (3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth). Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist includes 43 works spanning the artist’s career from 1919 to 1960. See the exhibition Tuesdays through Sundays, through September 7. Museum admission is free. More information is available at cartermuseum.org.
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sundays, 12-5 p.m. Starts: July 1. Continues through Sept. 7, 2014

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