Black Art: A Cultural History

Black Art A Cultural History The African diaspora a direct result of the transatlantic slave trade and Western colonialism generated a wide array of artistic achievements in the past century from blues to reggae from the painti

  • Title: Black Art: A Cultural History
  • Author: Richard J. Powell
  • ISBN: 9780500203620
  • Page: 466
  • Format: Paperback
  • The African diaspora a direct result of the transatlantic slave trade and Western colonialism generated a wide array of artistic achievements in the past century, from blues to reggae, from the paintings of Henry Ossawa Tanner to the video installations of Keith Piper Richard Powell s study concentrates on the works of art themselves and on how these works, created duringThe African diaspora a direct result of the transatlantic slave trade and Western colonialism generated a wide array of artistic achievements in the past century, from blues to reggae, from the paintings of Henry Ossawa Tanner to the video installations of Keith Piper Richard Powell s study concentrates on the works of art themselves and on how these works, created during a time of major social upheaval and transformation, use black culture as both subject and context.From musings on the the souls of black folk in early twentieth century painting, sculpture, and photography to questions of racial and cultural identities in performance, media, and computer assisted arts in the 1990s, the book draws on the works of hundreds of artists including Jean Michel Basquiat, Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Lois Mailou Jones, Wifredo Lam, Jacob Lawrence, Spike Lee, Archibald Motley, Jr Faith Ringgold, and Gerard Sekoto.This revised edition includes expanded coverage of video art and a new chapter that discusses work by a number of artists who have newly risen to prominence, such as Chris Ofili, Kara Walker, and Ren e Cox Biographies of than 170 key artists provide a unique art historical reference.Placing its emphasis on black cultural themes rather than on black racial identity, this groundbreaking book is an important exploration of the visual representations of black culture throughout the twentieth century and into the twenty first.

    One thought on “Black Art: A Cultural History”

    1. This book is not bad for what it is, but there are major problems with doing an art survey, particularly when you're dealing with a type of art meant to combat stereotypes by re-presenting a people's role in the world. Also, the tone was extremely curatorial, which made some portions drag.

    2. Trite, passionless rubbish. Lots of pictures, but few in colour - and the ones that do appear in colour are usually the ones that benefit least from it.

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