Art On My Mind

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In Art on My Mind, bell hooks, a leading cultural critic, responds to the ongoing dialogues about producing, exhibiting, and criticizing art and aesthetics in an art world increasingly concerned with identity politics. Always concerned with the liberatory black struggle, hooks positions her writings on visual politics within the ever-present question of how art can be an empowering and revolutionary force within the black community.

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Overview

In Art on My Mind, bell hooks, a leading cultural critic, responds to the ongoing dialogues about producing, exhibiting, and criticizing art and aesthetics in an art world increasingly concerned with identity politics. Always concerned with the liberatory black struggle, hooks positions her writings on visual politics within the ever-present question of how art can be an empowering and revolutionary force within the black community.

A response to the dearth of critical writing by African Americans, this book represents hooks' response to the dialogues about producing, exhibiting and criticizing art that characterize an art world obsessed with identity politics. The author positions her critiques of art and visual politics within the question of how art can be an empowering and revolutionary force within the black community.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A prolific critical writer, hooks has contributed a collection of essays on contemporary art and what she describes as the troubling relationship between the dominant white, male art world, its practices, protocols and biases, and the creative production of African American artists-particularly women-and others whose works grapple with issues of identity and social context. Decrying the lack of black critics writing on today's art, hooks provides a minute dissection of issues of race, gender and ``cultural hegemony'' in the works of the late Jean-Michel Basquiat; examines the historical impact of photography in black life and the trenchant intelligence and beauty of Carrie Mae Weems's photographs; and highlights important critical works by black art historian Sylvia Boone and black architect LaVerne Wells-Bowie. Hooks has a knack for balancing flat academic jargon with vivid language, illuminating the historical and psychoanalytic underpinnings of her topics while anticipating the visceral responses of a lay audience. Despite her generic invocations of the dominant, marginalizing Eurocentric patriarchy, etc., etc., her passionate and highly personal exploration of these and other issues (including a distressing account of her own illness and an aestheticized betrayal by an artist friend) transforms academic abstractions into recognizable human patterns linking the everyday lives of Americans, black or white. (July)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565842632
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 7/1/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 917,340
  • Product dimensions: 0.51 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Art Matters
Art on My Mind 1
The Poetics of Soul: Art for Everyone 10
Talking Art with Alison Saar 22
Altars of Sacrifice: Re-membering Basquiat 35
Subversive Beauty: New Modes of Contestation 49
In Our Glory: Photography and Black Life 54
Diasporic Landscapes of Longing 65
Talking Art with Carrie Mae Weems 74
Facing Difference: The Black Female Body 94
Talking Art as the Spirit Moves Us 101
Critical Genealogies: Writing Black Art 108
Beauty Laid Bare: Aesthetics in the Ordinary 119
Women Artists: The Creative Process 125
Being the Subject of Art 133
Workers for Artistic Freedom 138
Black Vernacular: Architecture as Cultural Practice 145
Architecture in Black Life: Talking Space with LaVerne Wells-Bowie 152
Aesthetic Interventions 163
Straighten Up and Fly Right: Talking Art with Emma Amos 171
Intervening Printmakers: Talking Art with Margo Humphreys 194
Representing the Black Male Body 202
The Radiance of Red: Blood Works 213
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