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To describe a life : notes from the intersection of art and race terror

Author: Darby English
Publisher: New Haven, Connecticut : Yale University Press in association with the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, Harvard University, [2019] ©2019
Series: Richard D. Cohen lectures on African & African American art.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"By turns historical, critical, and personal, this book examines the use of art-and love-as a resource amid the recent wave of shootings by American police of innocent black women and men. Darby English attends to a cluster of artworks created in or for our tumultuous present that address themes of racial violence and representation idiosyncratically, neither offering solutions nor accommodating shallow narratives  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Darby English
ISBN: 0300230389 9780300230383
OCLC Number: 1089275359
Description: xiii, 134 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm.
Contents: To describe a life --
The painter and the police --
Differing, drawn --
The King's two bodies.
Series Title: Richard D. Cohen lectures on African & African American art.
Other Titles: Notes from the intersection of art and race terror
Responsibility: Darby English.

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Winner of the 2020 Frank Jewett Mather Award for Art Criticism, sponsored by the College Art Association"In deft, ruminative essays on three visual icons, Darby English unfreezes our thinking about Read more...

 
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