Revelations: Art from the African American South

This gorgeous volume explores 62 extraordinary works by 22 contemporary African American artists, revealing a crucial chapter in the story of American art. While the self-taught artists featured in this groundbreaking catalog were born in the Jim Crow period of institutionalized racism, their works embody the promise and attainment of freedom in the modern Civil Rights era and address some of the most profound and persistent issues in American society, class, including race, gender, and spirituality.

This gorgeous book features lush illustrations of works by artists such as Thornton Dial, Bessie Harvey, Purvis Young, and the Gee's Bend quilters--including Gearldine Westbrook, Jessie T. Pettway, and more--and presents a series of insightful essays. Published in association with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Originally created as expressions of individual identity and communal solidarity, these eloquent objects are powerful testaments to the continuity and survival of African American culture.

My Soul Has Grown Deep: Black Art from the American South

A new consideration of extraordinary art created by Black artists during the mid-20th centuryMy Soul Has Grown Deep considers the art-historical significance of contemporary Black artists working throughout the southeastern United States. Novelist and essayist darryl pinckney provides a thoughtful consideration of the cultural and political history of the American South, during and after the Civil Rights era.

This remarkable study simultaneously considers these works on their own merits while also making connections to mainstream contemporary art. Art historians Cheryl Finley, Randall R. These diverse works, described and beautifully illustrated, tell the compelling stories of artists who overcame enormous obstacles to create distinctive and culturally resonant works of art.

These paintings, mixed-media compositions, sculptures, drawings, and textiles include pieces ranging from the profound assemblages of Thornton Dial to the renowned quilts of Gee’s Bend. Griffey, and amelia peck illuminate shared artistic practices, including the novel use of found or salvaged materials and the artists’ interest in improvisational approaches across media.

Nearly 60 remarkable examples are illustrated alongside insightful texts that situate them in the history of modernism and the context of African American experience in the 20th-century South.

Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem

A dialogue between thelma golden, connie Choi, and Kellie Jones draws out themes and challenges in collecting and exhibiting modern and contemporary art by artists of African descent. Butler, larry ossei mensah, akili tommasino, Daniela Fifi, Taylor Aldridge, and other luminaries contextualize the works and provide detailed commentary.

Rather than aim to construct a single history of "black art, " Black Refractions emphasizes a plurality of narratives and approaches, traced through 125 works in all media from the 1930s to the present. An essay by connie Choi and entries by Eliza A. An authoritative guide to one of the world's most important collections of African-American art, with works by artists from Romare Bearden to Kehinde Wiley.

The artists featured in black refractions, and lorna simpson, including Kerry James Marshall, Nari Ward, Faith Ringgold, Norman Lewis, Wangechi Mutu, are drawn from the renowned collection of the Studio Museum in Harlem. Through exhibitions, this pioneering institution has served as a nexus for artists of African descent locally, nationally, public programs, artist residencies, and bold acquisitions, and internationally since its founding in 1968.

More than a document of a particular institution's trailblazing path, or catalytic role in the development of American appreciation for art of the African diaspora, this volume is a compendium of a vital art tradition.

Purvis Young

Young. The book also includes an interview with young conducted by Hans Ulrich Obrist in 2005, Gean Moreno, Franklin Sirmans, along with essays by Rashid Johnson, César Trasobares and Barbara N. This publication, the first comprehensive monograph on the paintings of Purvis Young 1943–2010, collects 254 works by the Miami-born African American artist known for his lyrical depictions of current and historical events.

A self-educated artist who began drawing while incarcerated as a teenager, metal and book pages, Young became widely known in Florida in the early 1970s with his large-scale murals consisting of paintings on scrap wood, which he nailed to the walls of abandoned buildings in the Overtown neighborhood of Miami’s downtown.

Surveying paintings from throughout his career, the book is thematically arranged in 14 chapters illustrating various stages of life and concerns present in Young’s work.

Outliers and American Vanguard Art

For a new exhibition launching at the national Gallery of Art, curator Lynne Cooke explores shifting conceptualizations of the American outlier across the twentieth century, drawing on the inherent sociality of the exhibition in her installation of these works. She reveals how these distinctions have been freighted with a particularly American point of view as she investigates our assumptions about creativity, artistic practice, and the role of the artist in contemporary culture.

Works by such diverse artists as charles sheeler, janet Sobel, and Matt Mullican are set in conversation with a range of works by such self-taught artists as Horace Pippin, Christina Ramberg, and Henry Darger. Outliers and american vanguard Art is the most comprehensive show ever to examine outliers in dialogue with their established peers.

It is sure to inspire vigorous conversation about how artists and the work they make are represented. Cooke also examines a recent increase of radically expressive work that challenges what it means to be an outlier today. The art works in outliers and american vanguard art come from three distinct periods when the intersections between mainstream and outlier artists were most dynamic and productive, inclusion, ushering in exhibitions of art based on various degrees of co-existence, and assimilation.

Since the last century, the relationship between vanguard and self-taught artists has been defined by contradiction. This companion catalog, outliers and american Vanguard Art, offers a fantastic opportunity to consider works by schooled and self-taught creators in relation to each other and defined by historical circumstance.

The established art world has been quick to make clear distinctions between trained and untrained artists, yet at the same time it has been fascinated by outliers whom it draws selectively and intermittently into its orbits.

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power

Williams, david hammons, Howardina Pindell, Romare Bearden, Barkley L. At this turning point in the reassessment of African American art history, Soul of a Nation is a vital contribution to this timely subject. Over 170 artworks by these and many other artists of the era are illustrated in full color. 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the first use of the term “black power” by student activist Stokely Carmichael; it will also be 50 years since the US Supreme Court overturned the prohibition of interracial marriage.

It also explores the art-historical and social contexts with subjects ranging from black feminism, AfriCOBRA and other artist-run groups to the role of museums in the debates of the period and visual art’s relation to the Black Arts Movement. African american art in the era of malcolm x and the black PanthersIn the period of radical change that was 1963–83, young black artists at the beginning of their careers confronted difficult questions about art, politics and racial identity.

How to make art that would stand as innovative, original, bringing to light previously neglected histories of 20th-century black artists, Melvin Edwards, while also making work that reflected their concerns and experience as black Americans? Soul of a Nation surveys this crucial period in American art history, formally and materially complex, Jack Whitten, including Sam Gilliam, William T.

Hendricks, betye saar, noah purifoy, Senga Nengudi, Faith Ringgold, Charles White and Frank Bowling. The book features substantial essays from Mark Godfrey and Zoe Whitley, writing on abstraction and figuration, respectively.

Purvis Young: Paintings From the Street

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I Too Sing America: The Harlem Renaissance at 100

In thematic chapters, the author captures the range and breadth of the Harlem Reniassance, a sweeping movement which saw an astonishing array of black writers and artists and musicians gather over a period of a few intense years, expanding far beyond its roots in Harlem to unleashing a myriad of talents upon the nation.

The book is published in conjunction with a major exhibition at the Columbus Museum of Art. Driskell book award for african american art history, i too sing America offers a major survey on the visual art and material culture of the groundbreaking movement one hundred years after the Harlem Renaissance emerged as a creative force at the close of World War I.

It illuminates multiple facets of the era--the lives of its people, the art, photography, the literature, the music, sculpture, and the social history--through paintings, prints, and contemporary documents and ephemera. Winner of the James A. Used book in Good Condition. The lushly illustrated chronicle includes work by cherished artists such as Romare Bearden, Palmer Hayden, William Johnson, Allan Rohan Crite, Archibald Motley, Jacob Lawrence, and James Van Der Zee.

The project is the culmination of decades of reflection, research, and scholarship by Wil Haygood, acclaimed biographer and preeminent historian on Harlem and its cultural roots. Porter and David C.

Souls Grown Deep, Vol. 1: African American Vernacular Art of the South: The Tree Gave the Dove a Leaf

Used book in Good Condition. The first comprehensive overview of an important genre of American art, Souls Grown Deep explores the visual-arts genius of the black South. Like blues and jazz artists, they create powerful statements amplifying the call for freedom and vision. This first work in a multivolume study introduces 40 African-American self-taught artists, without significant formal training, who, often employ the most unpretentious and unlikely materials.


Souls Grown Deep Vol. 2: African American Vernacular Art

Completing the two-volume set, Souls Grown Deep, Vol. Used book in Good Condition. Published in 2000, the first volume explored the diverse historical roots of the genre and introduced artists whose work recalled the South of the pre€“civil rights era. This sequel brings the movement into the present, delving into the work of the current generation of artists who are creating a complex form of art that blurs the boundaries between folk and contemporary art.

2 takes the visual and historical presentation of the first volume to a richer level, offering an even broader array of artistic styles and media.

Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial

Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition. Celebrating thorton dial's contributions to American art, this book surveys the career of one of our most original contemporary artists, whose epic work tackles the most compelling social and political issues of our time. Drawing inspiration from the rich symbolic world of the black rural South and with no formal education, Dial has developed a truly distinctive and original style.

This monograph includes reproductions of 70 of Dial's large-scale paintings, drawings and found object sculptures spanning twenty years of his artistic career. With commentary from historian david driskell, and art historian Joanne Cubbs, cultural critic Greg Tate, this volume brings long-overdue recognition to Dial's remarkable career and offers audiences an unprecedented look into the creative world of this important artist.

Incorporating salvaged objects in his work-from plastic grave flowers and children's toys to cow skulls and goat carcasses-he creates highly charged assemblages combined with turbulent fields of expressionistic painting. Born in poverty in alabama, the war in iraq, reveals a unique perspective on America's most difficult and pervasive challenges, Dial has lived his entire life in the American South, such as its long history of race and class conflict, informed by decades of struggle as a black working-class man, and his art, and the 9/11 tragedy.