African Americans in Art: Selections from the Art Institute of Chicago

African Americans in Art: Selections from the Art Institute of Chicago

by Colin L. Westerbeck, Cherise Smith, Daniel Schulman, Andrea D. Barnwell
     
 

The city of Chicago, particularly its South Side, has rivaled Harlem as an important locus for African American culture. While it has been rightfully celebrated for its contributions to jazz, Chicago has also been a flourishing center for the visual arts.

African Americans in Art provides an overview of the concerns surrounding race in art, celebrates the

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The city of Chicago, particularly its South Side, has rivaled Harlem as an important locus for African American culture. While it has been rightfully celebrated for its contributions to jazz, Chicago has also been a flourishing center for the visual arts.

African Americans in Art provides an overview of the concerns surrounding race in art, celebrates the achievements of a number of gifted African American artists, and provides a broad and multi-faceted view of American art and culture. It includes a stunning portfolio of images illustrated in full color along with four intriguing essays. An examination of a striking daguerreotype of Abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass is followed by two essays discussing the work of seminal, Chicago-based artists: the complex, engaging paintings of Archibald J. Motley, Jr., and the impassioned sculpture of Marion Perkins. The fourth essay looks at recent, mixed-media work by Lorna Simpson, Carrie Mae Weems, and Willie Robert Middlebrook.

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Editorial Reviews

Margaret Porter
African American in Arthas 136 pages of amply annotated essays and illustrations of paintings, sculpture, photography, drawings and prints. The works are mostly by well-known African American artists in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. Opening with an essay about the museum's acquistion of a rare pre-Civil War daguerreotype of Frederick Douglass, the book continues with an intensely edifying treatise, supplemented by a bibliography that makes the reader want more.
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Highlights African American artists represented at The Art Institute of Chicago. Provides an overview of concerns surrounding race in art, celebrates the achievements of a number of artists, and provides a multifaceted view of American art and culture, with four essays and a stunning portfolio of 29 images illustrated in color, with brief entries examining individual works. Distributed by the University of Washington Press. Lacks a subject index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780295978338
Publisher:
University of Washington Press
Publication date:
05/01/1999
Pages:
136
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 7.54(h) x 0.14(d)

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List of authors includes:
Colin W. Westerbeck, Amy M. Mooney, Daniel Schulman, Andrea D. Barnwell, Kirsten P. Buick, Cherise Smith.
With an introduction by Susan F. Rossen

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