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Aaron Douglas is best known as a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance and one of the greatest black artists in American art history. His mature style combined art deco energy and sophistication, modernist abstraction, and themes from African and African American history, sometimes described as jazz made visible. This volume brings together essays by many of the leading scholars of African American art, including Kinshasha Conwill and David Driskell, to accompany a major exhibition of Douglas's art. Focusing on his artistic development from his formative years in the Midwest to his blossoming after moving to New York City and his later time as a leading university art educator, the text explores his accomplishments as a poster and book designer, painter, and muralist. Well illustrated with reproductions of his works in both black-and-white and color, this book attests to the undeniable significance of Douglas's artistic achievements. Highest recommendation for any library with an interest in art or African American history.-Eugene C. Burt, SeattleCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.