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C'mon guys, look alive!
C'mon guys, look alive!

Any college-age artist contemplating the futility of a fine arts degree can take solace in the success of Kadir Nelson who proves you don't have to choose between selling your soul and starving your body to make it as an artist. Nelson's art, mostly of African-American subjects, has been featured in publications like The New Yorker and on TV shows like the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Nelson was even employed by Steven Spielberg as a conceptual artist for the movie Amistad. Though commercial success often spells artistic whoredom, Nelson still creates images that matter to him, such as scenes from Negro League Baseball games. So, young art student -- stick to it. You don't want to end up like those guys in Office Space, now do you? An exhibit of Nelson's work is open now through October 14 at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale). Call 954-625-2800. (JB)

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