A Century of African American Art: The Paul R. Jones Collection / Edition 1

A Century of African American Art: The Paul R. Jones Collection / Edition 1

by Amalia K. Amaki
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0813534577

ISBN-13: 9780813534572

Pub. Date: 10/28/2004

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

The Paul R. Jones Collection is one of the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive holdings of African American art in the world.  Jones, who was named by Art and Antiques as one of the top one hundred collectors in the country, began buying paintings, prints, photographs, and sculpture four decades ago and has now amassed over fifteen hundred

Overview

The Paul R. Jones Collection is one of the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive holdings of African American art in the world.  Jones, who was named by Art and Antiques as one of the top one hundred collectors in the country, began buying paintings, prints, photographs, and sculpture four decades ago and has now amassed over fifteen hundred works, many of them by well-known artists. Among the sixty-six represented in A Century of African American Art are Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence, Henry Osawa Tanner, James Van Der Zee, Carrie Mae Weems, and Hale Woodruff.

Lavishly illustrated with over one hundred color photographs, this book provides an important resource for the study of the works included in the Jones collection, the artists who created them, as well as the social and historical contexts that engendered them. The volume brings together ten essays, which examine four issues in American art: portraiture and realism in relation to abstract expressionism, the implications of color, the role of narrative, and the concept of multiple originals. Each essay makes the intentional effort to de-race African American art—not to strip the work of its idiomatic cultural footing, but rather to situate it within the larger picture of the nation’s history and cultural traditions.

Reflecting the diversity of the collection itself, the contributors come from wide-ranging fields including American art, African American art, African art, art conservation, color theory, photography, and sociology.  Together, the eclectic selections make a major contribution to recontextualizing African American scholarship in the broadest sense, while also providing important insights into the Jones collection.

Contributors are Marcia R. Cohen, Diana McClintock, Ann Eden Gibson, Winston Kennedy, Debra Hess Norris, Ikem Stanley Okoye, Sharon Pruitt, Carla Williams, and Margaret Andersen.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813534572
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
8.68(w) x 11.06(h) x 0.81(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
President's Statement
David P. Roselle
Collector's Foreword
Paul R. Jones
Director's Foreword
Janis A. Tomlinson
Introduction
Amalia K. Amaki
Political Sight: On Collecting Art and Culture
Amalia K. Amaki
Collage and Photomontage: Bearden's Spiralist Reflections of America and Africa
Sharon Pruitt
Nanette Carter's Discursive Modernism: The Collage Aesthetic in Light over Soweto #5
Ann Eden Gibson
Reign(ing) in Color: Toward a Wilder History of American Art
Ikem Stanley Okoye
On the Surface: Color, Skin, and Paint
Marcia R. Cohen and Diana McClintock
Collecting Memory: Portraiture, Posing, and Desire
Carla Williams
Flash from the Past: Hidden Messages in the Photographs of Prentice Herman Polk
Amalia K. Amaki
African American Printmakers: Toward a More Democratic Art
Winston Kennedy
Afterword: A Personal Appreciation—Art, Race, and Biography
Margaret Andersen
Appendix: Preservation for Posterity: The Paul R. Jones Photography Collection
Debra Hess Norris
Plates
Artists' Biographies
Notes on Contributors
Index

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