African American art and artists

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University of California Press, 1990 - Art - 302 pages
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Drawing from historical and private collections around the country, Samella Lewis has gathered an impressive representation of the work of African American artists, from the 18th century to the present. For this edition she has provided a new chapter on art of the last decade. Handsomely and generously illustrated, this book reveals a rich legacy of work by African American painters, sculptors, and graphic artists. "Art historical scholarship is greatly advanced by Samella Lewis'sAfrican American Art and Artistsin that it foregrounds the work of artists who have been influencing the texture of art in the United States during the last two decades of the 20th century. ThroughoutAfrican American Art and Artists, Lewis interrogates the issue of identity by presenting the biographical sketch, which locates the individual artistic personality within a specific cultural background with its own peculiar dynamics, giving a face to two cities of Black American art. Without polemics Lewis presents women artists--Edmonia Lewis to Allison Saar--as principal players in constructing an African American visual arts legacy. Here Lewis sufficiently defines the visual arts in order that they may assume their rightful place alongside African American music, literature and folklore as cultural expressions that have helped to give American culture its distinct character."--from the foreword by Floyd Coleman, Harvard University.

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This book belongs on the art reference shelf of every major library. A revised and updated edition of the 1978 work Art: African American, it presents short biographies and illustrations of the work ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
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Emancipation and Cultural Dilemma
23
The Diverse Quests for Professional Status
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About the author (1990)

Samella Lewis is Emerita Professor of Art History, Scripps College, and author of The Art of Elizabeth Catlett (1984).

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