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John Van Means “B.L.A.C.K.S.” Exhibition At Poet’s Den Gallery In East Harlem

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Continuing Exhibition through OCTOBER 2011: The Best There Ever Was Hollywood to Harlem B.L.A.C.K.S.-Hattie McDaniel-Liz Taylor-Michael Jackson Art Exhibition.

Throughout the month of October 2011, John Van Means’ Art Exhibition: “The Best There Ever Was Hollywood to Harlem and Beyond: B.L.A.C.K.S.”-Hattie McDaniel-Liz Taylor-Andy Warhol-Michael Jackson (with original autographs) remains on exhibit at the Poet’s Den Gallery-East Harlem Presents Complex located at 309 East 108th Street at 2nd Avenue in East Harlem, New York 10029. Visitors to the Gallery will receive one FREE raffle ticket that will be entered into a drawing at the Gallery to acquire a FREE 11” x 17” print of an icon or legend from “The Best There Ever Was B.L.A.C.K.S. Collection.”

At the Gallery’s recent American Premiere Cocktail Reception for the Exhibition, recording artist TOMOKO As The Asian Empress of Soul, Tara Nova, international jazz vocalist extraordinaire and Andrea, gospel/pop artist each performed with accompaniment by Paul Heffner, who was once pianist to Ella Fitzgerald and Johnny Mathis. The entertainment was befitting of the icons and legends portrayed in the lavishly-framed, museum-quality pieces, all of which are available for acquisition. The artworks explores, through an inventive technique called “colorization,” such bold legacies-legends-ancestors, champions and kindred spirits (B.L.A.C.K.S.) as Michael Jackson (with original autograph), Ella Fitzgerald, Elizabeth Taylor, Marian Anderson, Lena Horne, Dorothy Dandridge, Hattie McDaniel, Geronimo, Sidney Poitier, Miles Davis and many other icons and legends. The purpose of the Exhibition, indeed the art, is to provoke the viewer’s historical memory through visual stimulation to be moved to consider, explore and appreciate the contributions of those B.L.A.C.K.S. who influenced or shaped American history, world history and impacted humanity. During the month of October, the Exhibition will be complemented, from time to time, with affinity events.

Contact the Gallery’s Curator, Raphael Benavides at 212/427-1445 for Gallery hours or the artist’s liaison, 917/945-4764. Contact the artist at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Go to to see some of his works.

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