A Life on Paper: The Drawings and Lithographs of John Thomas Biggers (Google eBook)

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University of North Texas Press, 2006 - Art - 149 pages
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John Thomas Biggers (1924-2001) was a major African American artist who inspired countless others through his teaching, murals, paintings, and drawings. After receiving conventional art training at Hampton Institute and Pennsylvania State, he had his personal and artistic breakthrough in 1957 when he spent six months in the newly independent country of Ghana. From this time forward, he integrated African abstract elements with his rural Southern images to create a personal iconography. His new approach made him famous, as his personal discovery of African heritage fit in well with the growing U.S. civil rights movement. He is best known for his murals at Hampton University, Winston-Salem University, and Texas Southern, but the drawings and lithographs that lie behind the murals have received scant attention - until now. Theisen interviewed Dr. Biggers during the last thirteen years of his life, and was welcomed into his studio innumerable times. Together, they selected representative works for this volume, some of which have not been previously published for a general audience. resulting in a book that is intimate and informative for both the scholar and the student.
  

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Contents

An Introduction
1
Early Years and Education 19241949
7
Building in Houston and Texas Southern University 19491957
31
Africa and PostAfrica 19571974
55
Developing and Integrating the Iconography 19741983
75
Mature Years 19842001
89
Afterword
131
Endnotes
135
Bibliography
141
Index
145
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Olive Jensen Theisen has taught art at Texas Tech, the University of North Texas.

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