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Author Powell, Richard J., 1953-

Title Black art and culture in the 20th century / Richard J. Powell.

Published New York, N.Y. : Thames & Hudson, 1997.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  704.0396073 POWE    AVAILABLE
Physical description 256 pages : illustrations (some colour) ; 22 cm.
Series World of art.
World of art.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-246).
Contents Introduction: The Dark Center -- Ch. 1. Art, Culture and "the Souls of Black Folk" -- Ch. 2. Enter and Exit the "New Negro" -- Ch. 3. The Cult of the People -- Ch. 4. Pride, Assimilation and Dreams -- Ch. 5. "Black is a Color" -- Ch. 6. Culture as Currency -- Conclusion: Through a Glass, Diasporally.
Summary The African diaspora - a direct result of the transatlantic slave trade and Western colonialism - has generated a wide array of artistic achievements in our century, from blues to reggae, from the paintings of Henry Ossawa Tanner to the video installations of Keith Piper. This brilliant new study of twentieth-century black art is the first to concentrate on the art works themselves and on how these works, created during a period of major social upheaval and transformation, use black culture both as subject and as contextual basis.
From musings on "the souls of black folk" in turn-of-the-century painting, sculpture and photography, to questions of racial and cultural identities in performance, media and computer-assisted arts in the 1990s, it draws on the work of hundreds of artists including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Lois Mailou Jones, Wifredo Lam, Jacob Lawrence, Spike Lee, Robert Mapplethorpe, Faith Ringgold and Gerard Sekoto; biographies of more than 160 key artists provide a unique and valuable art historical resource.
Subject African American art -- 20th century.
Art, Black.
ISBN 0500202958 (paperback)