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Robert Blackburn (December 10, 1920 – April 21, 2003) was an African American artist, teacher and printmaker.

He was born in Summit, New Jersey in 1920 and grew up in Harlem. As a teenager, he studied lithography and other print-making techniques. He attended DeWitt Clinton High School.[1]

From early prints which portrayed figures on abstract backgrounds, he moved into more abstract work. In 1948, he established the Printmaking Workshop. He received a MacArthur fellowship in 1992.

He died in New York City in 2003.


  1. ^ Berstein, Alice. "Harlem artist Robert Blackburn remembered", The New York Beacon, October 22, 2003. Accessed September 14, 2009. "Blackburn's early work at DeWitt Clinton High School, where classmates included artists Burton Hasen, David Finn and Harold Altman, was recently exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum."

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