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A People's Art History of the United States: 250 Years of Activist Art and Artists Working in Social Justice Movements (New Press People's History)by Nicolas Lampert
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Most people outside of the art world view art as something that is foreign to their experiences and everyday lives. A Peoples Art History of the United States places art history squarely in the roughandtumble of politics, social struggles, and the fight for justice from the colonial era through the present day.
Author and radical artist Nicolas Lampert combines historical sweep with detailed examinations of individual artists and works in a politically charged narrative that spans the conquest of the Americas, the American Revolution, slavery and abolition, western expansion, the suffragette movement and feminism, civil rights movements, environmental movements, LGBT movements, antiglobalization movements, contemporary antiwar movements, and beyond.
A Peoples Art History of the United States introduces us to key works of American radical art alongside dramatic retellings of the histories that inspired them. Stylishly illustrated with over two hundred images, this book is nothing less than an alternative education for anyone interested in the powerful role that art plays in our society.
"This latest addition to the New Press's People's History series, with a preface by Howard Zinn (A People's History of the United States), is both readable and instructive. Rather than writing a comprehensive history of social-justice-movement art, Lampert, an activist artist himself, focuses on 'examples that were complicated, where the decisions made by artists were controversial and confounding,' his premise being that 'analyzing histories that are deeply complicated helps us learn.' His examples range from an examination of the changing uses of wampum belts between Native Americans and Europeans to the contemporary Yes Men's audacious hoaxes that expose corporate and capitalist culture. Encouraging readers to consider how art can instigate — or dilute — activism and social change, and emphasizing lessons that can be learned and techniques that can be borrowed from earlier activists, the book is a useful and thought-provoking text for history and art students. It may also inspire activists, artist or otherwise, to maximize their effectiveness. 236 b&w illus." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
An exciting new entry in Howard Zinns New Press Peoples History Series, A Peoples Art History of the United States places art history squarely in the rough and tumble ferment of politics, social struggles, and the fight for justice, from the colonial era through the present day—stylishly illustrated with over 100 examples of American political artwork.
Interweaving history and art history, author and radical artist Nicolas Lampert combines historical sweep with detailed examinations of individual artists and works, in a politically-charged narrative that spans the conquest of the Americas; the American Revolution; slavery and abolition; western expansion; the suffragette movement and feminism; civil rights movements; anti-war protests; environmental movements; GLBT movements; the anti-globalization movement; and the present antiwar movement.
About the Author
Nicolas Lampert is an interdisciplinary artist and author best known for his collage art—the machine-animal” series, the meatscape” series, and numerous images that address political and environmental issues. His art work has been included in the museum shows at the MASS MoCA; and is part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Center for the Study of Political Graphics (Los Angeles.) Lampert was co-editor of Peace Signs: the Anti-War Movement Illustrated (Gustavo Gili / Edition Olms 2004). As a curator, he co-organized the group art show, Drawing Resistance a traveling political art show. He teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts.
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