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African American Art and Artists, Revised and Expandedby Samella Lewis
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"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."and#151;Jacob Lawrence
A collection featuring the lives and works of early and contemporary African Americans who have contributed significantly to the visual arts and our understanding of African American life and culture.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 331-338) and index.
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.
About the Author
Samella Lewis is Professor Emerita of Art History, Scripps College, and the author of The Art of Elizabeth Catlett (2000) and Caribbean Visions: Contemporary Painting and Sculpture (1995).
Table of Contents
1619-1865 : cultural deprivation and slavery — 1865-1920 : emancipation and cultural dilemma — 1920-1940 : new Americanism and ethnic identity — 1940-1960 : social and political awareness — 1960-1990 : political and cultural awareness — 1990-2002 : from painting to technology : art before and into the new millennium.
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