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Testimony : vernacular art of the African-American south : the Ronald and June Shelp collection

Author: Kinshasha Conwill; Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.
Publisher: New York : H.N. Abrams in association with Exhibitions International and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, ©2001.
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"For the past two decades, African-American vernacular art of the South - noted for its powerful imagery and colorful palette - has attracted growing art-world interest. This book and its accompanying exhibition, organized by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and Exhibitions International, present an extraordinary collection of contemporary work that serves as testimony to the continuing struggle  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Kalamazoo (Mich., 2000)
Exhibitions
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Testimony.
New York : H.N. Abrams in association with Exhibitions International and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, ©2001
(OCoLC)606624622
Named Person: Ronald Kent Shelp; June Shelp; Ronald Kent Shelp; June Shelp; June Shelp; Ronald Kent Shelp
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kinshasha Conwill; Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.
ISBN: 0810944847 9780810944848
OCLC Number: 46366258
Notes: Published in conjunction with the exhibition held at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and four other museums, Sept. 15, 2000-Jan., 2004.
Description: 192 pages : chiefly color illustrations, portraits ; 27 cm
Contents: African-American art and contemporary critical practice / Judith M. McWillie --
The end of the outsider / Arthur C. Danto --
Becoming art : life spans, biographies, and the Shelp collection / Grey Gundaker --
Feeling at home with vernacular African-American art / Kinshasha Conwill --
Witnessing : layered meanings in vernacular art / Edmund Barry Gaither --
Witness to history / Leroy Almon [and others] --
Allegorical animals / Thornton Dial Sr. [and others] --
Biblical scenes / Mary Proctor [and others] --
Iconic human figures / Mary Tillman Smith, Archie Byron --
Spiritual and protective messages / John (J.B.) Murray [and others] --
Direct observation / James "Son" Thomas [and others].
Responsibility: essays by Kinshasha Conwill [and others].

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"For the past two decades, African-American vernacular art of the South - noted for its powerful imagery and colorful palette - has attracted growing art-world interest. This book and its accompanying exhibition, organized by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and Exhibitions International, present an extraordinary collection of contemporary work that serves as testimony to the continuing struggle for social justice, cultural identity, and spiritual and personal fulfillment experienced by Southern African Americans." "Drawn from the collection of Ronald and June Shelp, more than 100 paintings, drawings, and sculptures by twenty-seven self-taught black artists are represented. They range from the most celebrated practitioners - such as Thornton Dial Sr., Bessie Harvey, Lonnie Holley, Ronald Lockett, Mose Tolliver, and Purvis Young - to less known but no less fascinating figures such as Archie Byron, J.B. Murray, Lorenzo Scott, and Georgia and Henry Speller. The largest group of works are by Dial and by members of his extended family - Arthur Dial, Richard Dial, Thornton Dial Jr., and Ronald Lockett - permitting a survey of the inter-connections within this Alabama dynasty of artists."--Jacket.

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