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African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, The Civil Rights Movement, and Beyond
Author: Richard J. Powell and Virginia Mecklenburg
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 255 pp.: Ill (167 color)
ISBN (Hardcover): 978-0847838905
ISBN (Softcover): 978-0-937311-99-8
African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond offers a rich vision of twentieth-century visual culture. An essay by Richard Powell sets the stage: his analyses of works by Sargent Johnson, Renée Stout, Eldzier Cortor, and Alma Thomas give the reader a rubric for considering other works that range from the Harlem Renaissance to the decades beyond the civil rights era, a period that saw tremendous social and political change. The forty-three artists included here worked in every style current during those decades, from documentary realism to abstraction, from expressionism to postmodern assemblage. They consistently touch universal themes, but they also evoke specific aspects of the African American experience—the African Diaspora, jazz, and the persistent power of religion.