African Americans in the Visual Artsby Steven Otfinoski
African-American visual artists -- painters, sculptors, illustrators, installation artists, performance artists, film and video artists, mixed-media artists, and others -- have struggled not only to create their art but also to get it noticed in a society that has often suppressed or ignored them. Whether social realists or abstract expressionists, portrait painters or genre artists, all of these creative individuals have used the visual medium to express their vision, a vision that ultimately strives for the universal appeal that is the hallmark of great art. African Americans in the Visual Arts attempts to balance the rich tradition of African-American artists of the past, many of them little known today, with the best of contemporary artists, many of them equally unsung. Offering a wealth of useful information, this book profiles more than 190 artists. Each enlightening biographical entry concentrates on the events in the subject's life related to his or her accomplishments in the visual arts and includes a list of further readings. An introduction, bibliography, subject indexes, a general index, and 50 photographs round out the text.
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