Untitled (African Idol)

Date Circa 1950s
Technique Drawing or Watercolor
Price $1,800.00
Exhibitor Keith Sheridan LLC
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Estate stamped verso, Beni E Kosh COLLECTION and numbered 570 in ink.
Image size 14 x 9 3/4 inches.
A fine, spontaneous watercolor rendering, on watercolor paper laid onto cardboard by the artist, the image extending to the sheet edges, in good, original condition.

Charles Elmer Harris (1917-1993) was born in Cleveland, Ohio. In the 1960s, he legally changed his name to Beni E. Kosh, which translates to “Son Of Ethiopia”. He was a student of Cleveland artist Paul Travis at the Cleveland Institute of Art and later connected to the Sho Nuff Art Group, a collective of African-American artists, and Karamu House, a center for artists, writers, dancers, and home of the oldest African American theater in the United States. 

Kosh rarely exhibited or sold his work, and it was not until after his death that his stylistically diverse oeuvre was ‘rediscovered’ to receive critical recognition. Kosh’s work is noted in the catalog Yet Still, We Rise: African American Art in Cleveland 1920–1970 and included in exhibitions at the Cleveland State University and the Butler Institute of American Art.