African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, The Civil Rights Era, and Beyond

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A beautifully illustrated survey of African American art of the twentieth century, including many never-before-seen works by the most important artists of the period. African American Art presents a powerful selection of paintings, sculpture, prints, and photographs by forty-three black artists who explored the African American experience of the twentieth century. Embracing many universal themes and also evoking specific aspects of the African American experience such as the African diaspora, jazz, and the power of religion, the artists worked in styles as varied as documentary realism, abstraction, and postmodern assemblage of found objects. Drawn entirely from the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s rich collection of African American art, the works include paintings by Benny Andrews, Jacob Lawrence, Thornton Dial Sr., Romare Bearden, Alma Thomas, and Lois Mailou Jones, and photographs by Roy DeCarava, Gordon Parks, Roland Freeman, Marilyn Nance, and James Van Der Zee. More than half of the artworks in the exhibition are being shown for the first time. In Richard Powell’s text, his usual keen insights into meaning and metaphor enrich the reader’s understanding of the artworks in their historical setting and contemporary culture.

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Richard J. Powell is the John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art and Art History at Duke University. Virginia Mecklenburg is the acting chief curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C. Theresa Slowik is the chief of publications at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

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"A beautifully illustrated survey of African American art of the 20th century including many never before seen works by the most important artists of the period. African American Art presents a powerful selection of paintings sculpture prints and photographs by 43 Black artists who explored the African American experience of the 20th century" ~Michigan Citizen

"Published in conjunction with an exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, this dazzling presentation showcases African American art and artists from the 1930s and later." ~Book News Inc.

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