The Hearing Eye: Jazz & Blues Influences in African American Visual Art

The Hearing Eye: Jazz & Blues Influences in African American Visual Art

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Oxford University Press, USA
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The Hearing Eye: Jazz & Blues Influences in African American Visual Art

The widespread presence of jazz and blues in African American visual art has long been overlooked. The Hearing Eye makes the case for recognizing the music's importance, both as formal template and as explicit subject matter. Moving on from the use of iconic musical figures and motifs in Harlem Renaissance art, this groundbreaking collection explores the more allusive - and elusive - references to jazz and blues in a wide range of mostly contemporary visual artists.

There are scholarly essays on the painters Rose Piper (Graham Lock), Norman Lewis (Sara Wood), Bob Thompson (Richard H. King), Romare Bearden (Robert G. O'Meally, Johannes Völz) and Jean-Michel Basquiat (Robert Farris Thompson), as well an account of early blues advertising art (Paul Oliver) and a discussion of the photographs of Roy DeCarava (Richard Ings). These essays are interspersed with a series of in-depth interviews by Graham Lock, who talks to quilter Michael Cummings and painters Sam Middleton, Wadsworth Jarrell, Joe Overstreet and Ellen Banks about their musical inspirations, and also looks at art's reciprocal effect on music in conversation with saxophonists Marty Ehrlich and Jane Ira Bloom.

With numerous illustrations both in the book and on its companion website, The Hearing Eye reaffirms the significance of a fascinating and dynamic aspect of African American visual art that has been too long neglected.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195340518
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 01/02/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1. "Selling that Stuff": Advertising Art and Early Blues on 78s, Paul Oliver
2. Blues on the Brush: Rose Piper's Blues and Negro Folk Songs Paintings of the 1940s, Graham Lock
3. Michael Cummings: Stitching in Tempo. Interview
4. "Pure Eye Music": Norman Lewis, Abstract Expressionism, and Bebop, Sara Wood
5. Sam Middleton: The Painter as Improvising Soloist. Interview
6. The Enigma of Bob Thompson, Richard H. King
7. Wadsworth Jarrell and AFRICOBRA: Sheets of Color, Sheets of Sound. Interview
8. "We Used to Say 'Stashed'": Romare Bearden Paints the Blues, Robert O'Meally
9. "Blues and the Abstract Truth." Or, Did Romare Bearden Really Paint Jazz?, Johannes Völz
10. Joe Overstreet: Light in Darkness. Interview
11. Royalty, Heroism, and the Streets: The Art of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Robert Farris Thompson
12. Ellen Banks: The Geometries of the Score. Interview
13. "And You Slip into the Breaks and Look Around": Jazz and Everyday Life in the Photographs of Roy DeCarava, Richard Ings
14. A Jackson in the House (Musicians Talk Painters). Interview i. Marty Ehrlich on Oliver Jackson ii. Jane Ira Bloom on Jackson Pollock

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