Charles H. Tatum

Retrospective:  1973 – 2008

Watts Towers Art Center

1727 East 107th Street

Los Angeles, CA 90002


A look at the influence of African Art on the work of an African American Sculptor


January 20 – August 11, 2013

“Charles Tatum began his career as an artist sculpting and designing in wood in the late 1960’s after he completed his service in the US Navy.  While visiting family in the Los Angeles area, he met a group of sculptors at the Watts Towers Arts Center and the Compton Communicative Arts Academy which included John Outterbridge, Noah Purifoy, Judson Powell and Charles Dickson.  He learned from them at a time when they were actively exploring African motifs, sculpting techniques, and assemblage in relation to modern African American sculpture.”  From the Charles H. Tatum study guide available at Watts Towers Art Center.


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