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African American art and artists

Author: Samella S Lewis
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, [1990]
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Lewis, Samella S.
African American art and artists.
Berkeley : University of California Press, [1990]
(OCoLC)624659831
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Samella S Lewis
ISBN: 0520087887 9780520087880 0520085329 9780520085329
OCLC Number: 29255724
Notes: Originally published: Art. 2nd ed. rev. Los Angeles, Calif. : Hancraft Studios, 1990. With new foreword and conclusion, and updated bibliography.
Description: xi, 302 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Contents: 1619-1865 : cultural deprivation and slavery --
1865-1920 : emancipation and cultural dilemma --
1920-1940 : new Americanism and ethnic identity --
1940-1960 : social and political awareness --
1960-1990 : political and cultural awareness.
Other Titles: Art
Responsibility: Samella Lewis.
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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. -- Publisher description.

"Art historical scholarship is greatly advanced by Samella Lewis's African American Art and Artists in 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. Throughout African 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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