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African American visual aesthetics : a postmodernist view

Author: David C Driskell
Publisher: Washington : Smithsonian Institution Press, ©1995.
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In this collection of ground-breaking essays, five prominent curators and scholars - Ann Gibson, Keith Morrison, Sharon F. Patton, Richard J. Powell, and Lowery Strokes Simsexplore postmodernism's influence on African American art during the last thirty years. Covering the works of such contemporary artists as Renee Stout, Joe Overstreet, David Hammons, Beverly Buchanan, and Martha Jackson-Jarvis, the book revisits
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African American visual aesthetics.
Washington : Smithsonian Institution Press, ©1995
(OCoLC)604999396
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David C Driskell
ISBN: 1560986050 9781560986058
OCLC Number: 32167005
Description: ix, 140 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction : the progenitors of a postmodernist review of African American art / David C. Driskell --
The global village of African American art / Keith Morrison --
Living fearlessly with and within difference(s) : Emma Amos, Carol Ann Carter, and Martha Jackson-Jarvis / Sharon Patton --
The African American aesthetic and postmodernism / Ann Gibson --
African American artists and postmodernism : reconsidering the careers of Wifredo Lam, Romare Bearden, Norman Lewis, and Robert Colescott / Lowery Stokes Sims --
African American postmodernism and David Hammons : body and soul / Richard J. Powell.
Responsibility: edited by David C. Driskell.

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In this collection of ground-breaking essays, five prominent curators and scholars - Ann Gibson, Keith Morrison, Sharon F. Patton, Richard J. Powell, and Lowery Strokes Simsexplore postmodernism's influence on African American art during the last thirty years. Covering the works of such contemporary artists as Renee Stout, Joe Overstreet, David Hammons, Beverly Buchanan, and Martha Jackson-Jarvis, the book revisits the questions, posed in the 1930s by critics Alain Locke.

And James Herring, about how to define and to interpret African American art. The contributors address such interrelated issues as an African American aesthetic identity, personal experiences of culture, the relationship between art and politics, and the blurring of the distinction between "art" and "craft." They describe the new aesthetic of pan-African art, analyze individual works of art, and argue that the multicultural embrace of the 1990s misappropriates African.

American culture. Illustrated with photographs of the works discussed, the book is the first to explore the provocative issues raised at the confluence of two of contemporary art's most richly layered movements. It also provides an insightful survey of the relationships between individual works of art, postmodern theory, and a nascent African American aesthetic.

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