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Harlem has captivated the imagination of writers, artists, intellectuals, and politicians around the world since the early decades of this century. Rhapsodies in Black: Art of the Harlem Renaissance examines the cultural reawakening of Harlem in the 1920s and 1930s as a key moment in twentieth-century art history, one that transcended regional and racial boundaries. Published to coincide with the exhibition that opens in England and travels to the United States, this catalog reflects the Harlem Renaissance's impressive range of art forms—literature, music, dance, theater, painting, sculpture, photography, film, and graphic design. The participants included not only artists based in New York, but also those from other parts of the United States, the Caribbean, and Europe.

Richard J. Powell and David A. Bailey present selected works that focus on six themes: Representing "The New Negro;" Another Modernism; Blues, Jazz, and the Performative Paradigm; The Cult of the Primitive; Africa: Inheritance and Seizure; and Jacob Lawrence's Toussaint L'Ouverture series. The visual arts from 1919 to 1938 included in the book suggest the extraordinary vibrancy of the time when Harlem was a metaphor for modernity. In spite of the importance of the Harlem Renaissance to early twentieth-century American culture and to the artistic climate of "Jazz Age" Paris and Weimar Berlin, few art exhibitions have been devoted exclusively to the subject. Rhapsodies in Black will be welcomed for its unique presentation of this creative time.

About the Author

Richard J. Powell is Professor and Chair of Art History at Duke University. David A. Bailey is Director of the African and Asian Artists' Archive, University of East London.

Table of Contents

Re/birth of a nation / Richard J. Powell — Voodoo MacBeth / Simon Callow — Like the gypsy's daughter : or beyond the potency of Josephine Baker's eroticism / Andrea D. Barnwell — Paul Robeson and the problem of modernism / Jeffrey C. Stewart — Modern tones / Paul Gilroy — Still / Martina Attille — Harlem on our minds / Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520212688
Subtitle:
Art of the Harlem Renaissance
With:
Gilroy, Paul
With:
Gilroy, Paul
Author:
Powell, Richard
Author:
Powell, Richard J.
With:
Bailey, David A.
Author:
Bailey, David A.
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
London :
Subject:
History - General
Subject:
20th century
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
Afro-american art
Subject:
Art, modern
Subject:
Exhibitions
Subject:
Harlem renaissance
Subject:
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- New York (State) -- New York -- Exhibitions.
Subject:
African American art
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
African American art - New York (State) -
Subject:
American
Edition Description:
First Edition, (Published in association with the Hayward Gallery, London, and t
Series Volume:
no. 97-9
Publication Date:
19970930
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
130 color photos.
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
11.25 x 9 x 0.75 in 38 oz

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