African American Art and Artists

ISBN-10: 0520085329

ISBN-13: 9780520085329

Edition: 2nd 1990 (Revised)

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Description: 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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Book details

List price: $34.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1990
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 6/6/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 8.50" wide x 11.00" long x 0.88" tall
Weight: 2.046
Language: English

Foreword
Introduction to the Revised and Expanded Edition
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1619-1865
Cultural Deprivation and Slavery
The Craft Heritage as an Economic Resource
The Emergence of Professional Artists Freemen and the Abolitionist Movement
Discrimination and the Problem of Patronage 1865-1920
Emancipation and Cultural Dilemma
The First Major Landscape Painter
The Diverse Quests for Professional Status American Reliance on the European
Artistic Tradition 192-1940:
New Americanism and Ethnic Identity
The Spread of the Harlem Movement
The Self-Taught Individualists 1940-1960
Social and Political Awareness
Mural Art as Cultural and Social Commentary
The WPA and Its Legacy 1960-1990
Political and Cultural Awareness
Painting
The Flag: A Symbol of Repression Reality and the Dream Symbolism: Geometric, Organic, and Figurative
Mixed-Media Assemblages Sculpture: Additive or Direct
Art/Craft Drawing Graphic Processes: Economical and Aesthetic
Approaches to Communication Performances/Installations/Environments 1990-2002
From Painting to Technology: Art Before and into The New Millennium
Painting Sculpture Installation
Art Mixed-Media Art Digital/Computer Art
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index
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