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Publisher Comments:

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.

"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 artistsand#151;Edmonia Lewis to Allison Saarand#151;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."and#151;from the foreword by Floyd Coleman, Harvard University.

Synopsis:

"Beginning with the arts produced in the Colonial period, Dr. Lewis documents and interprets the flow of creative productions of an important segment of the American population. Her book shows that the range of art produced by African American artists covers the entire spectrum of craft productions through painting, sculpture, and printmaking. There is a progressive development of style that not only reflects the trends in particular periods, but reveals an evolving pattern of indigenous qualities that are distinct. The art community in general and the African American community in particular are fortunate to have Dr. Samella Lewis, for she has developed unusual authority in the area of African American art. I know that African American Art and Artists will be of great value educationally and that it will offer a stimulating and rewarding experience to all who have the opportunity to share in its contents."--Jacob Lawrence

Synopsis:

Samella Lewis has brought African American Art and Artists fully up to date in this revised and expanded edition. The book now looks at the works and lives of artists from the eighteenth century to the present, including new work in traditional media as well as in installation art, mixed media, and digital/computer art. Mary Jane Hewitt, an author, curator, and longtime friend of Samella Lewis's, has written an introduction to the new edition. Generously and handsomely illustrated, the book continues to reveal the rich legacy of work by African American artists, whose art is now included in the permanent collections of national and international museums as well as in major private collections.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 293-300) and index.

About the Author

Samella Lewis is Emerita Professor of Art History, Scripps College, and author of The Art of Elizabeth Catlett (1984).

Table of Contents

Foreword

Introduction to the Revised and Expanded Edition

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1619-1865: CULTURAL DEPRIVATION AND SLAVERY

The Craft Heritage as an Economic Resource

The Emergence of Professional Artists

Freemen and the Abolitionist Movement

Discrimination and the Problem of Patronage

1865-1920: EMANCIPATION AND CULTURAL DILEMMA

The First Major Landscape Painter

The Diverse Quests for Professional Status

American Reliance on the European Artistic Tradition

192-1940: NEW AMERICANISM AND ETHNIC IDENTITY

The Spread of the Harlem Movement

The Self-Taught Individualists

1940-1960: SOCIAL AND POLITICAL AWARENESS

Mural Art as Cultural and Social Commentary

The WPA and Its Legacy

1960-1990: POLITICAL AND CULTURAL AWARENESS

Painting

The Flag: A Symbol of Repression

Reality and the Dream

Symbolism: Geometric, Organic, and Figurative

Mixed-Media Assemblages

Sculpture: Additive or Direct

Art/Craft

Drawing

Graphic Processes: Economical and Aesthetic Approaches to Communication

Performances/Installations/Environments

1990-2002: FROM PAINTING TO TECHNOLOGY: ART BEFORE AND INTO THE NEW MILLENNIUM

Painting

Sculpture

Installation Art

Mixed-Media Art

Digital/Computer Art

Conclusion

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520085329
Foreword:
Coleman, Floyd
Author:
Coleman, Floyd
Author:
Lewis, Samella
Author:
Coleman, Floyd
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley :
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
Afro-american art
Subject:
Art history
Subject:
History - African
Subject:
Criticism - Other specific cultures
Subject:
Afro-Americans in art
Subject:
Afro-american artists
Subject:
African American artists
Subject:
African American art
Subject:
African Americans in art
Subject:
American
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 1267
Publication Date:
19940606
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
114 color illustrations, 184 b/w photogr
Pages:
360
Dimensions:
11 x 8.5 x .875 in 37 oz

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Product details 360 pages University of California Press - English 9780520085329 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "Beginning with the arts produced in the Colonial period, Dr. Lewis documents and interprets the flow of creative productions of an important segment of the American population. Her book shows that the range of art produced by African American artists covers the entire spectrum of craft productions through painting, sculpture, and printmaking. There is a progressive development of style that not only reflects the trends in particular periods, but reveals an evolving pattern of indigenous qualities that are distinct. The art community in general and the African American community in particular are fortunate to have Dr. Samella Lewis, for she has developed unusual authority in the area of African American art. I know that African American Art and Artists will be of great value educationally and that it will offer a stimulating and rewarding experience to all who have the opportunity to share in its contents."--Jacob Lawrence
"Synopsis" by , Samella Lewis has brought African American Art and Artists fully up to date in this revised and expanded edition. The book now looks at the works and lives of artists from the eighteenth century to the present, including new work in traditional media as well as in installation art, mixed media, and digital/computer art. Mary Jane Hewitt, an author, curator, and longtime friend of Samella Lewis's, has written an introduction to the new edition. Generously and handsomely illustrated, the book continues to reveal the rich legacy of work by African American artists, whose art is now included in the permanent collections of national and international museums as well as in major private collections.
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