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African-American Art (Oxford History of Art) Paperback – June 25, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0192842138 ISBN-10: 0192842137 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Oxford History of Art
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (June 25, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192842137
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192842138
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.8 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Patton has written an excellent and comprehensive introduction to the historical development of African American visual art. She provides much new information on the art making of both slaves and freemen in the 18th and 19th century while later providing a broad art-historical context for black modernists. Pointing out that crafts did not necessarily precede fine art making during slavery, she examines African retentions (and Indian influences) in 18th-century black ceramics and architecture; black women and quilting; abolitionism and the rise of black landscape painters like Robert Duncanson; and sculptor Edmonia Lewis's black expatriate neoclassicism. Turning to generally better- documented 20th-century black artists, Patton arguably provides the first clear discussion of the relationship (both social and aesthetic) of black modernists to the prevailing mainstream artists and art movements of their time. As is perhaps inevitable, Patton's discussion of the contemporary art scene, while quite competent, is defined as much by the artists she fails to mention as by those she chooses to include. Well researched, scrupulously documented and organized, this lucidly written, fully illustrated book also includes numerous useful sidebars defining art movements, issues or individuals.
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`Sharon Patton has written a much needed text which surveys the broad scope of the history of African-American art from slavery to the present. She has followed a different tack, tracing art themes and their development throughout the history, rather than the influences of specific artists or periods. Thus, she shows how ideas such as crafts, formal painting and sculpture, or architecture, co-existed with equal importance to the culture from the times of the Colonies. In so doing, she breaks down the barrier between folk and formal art, and articulates an interrelationship of both concepts to African-American people and their culture. Her book expands the framework for the visual arts in the United States in the last two centuries.' Professor Keith Morrison, Dean, College of Creative Arts, San Francisco State University

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Paul Andrew Wandless on October 9, 2000
Format: Paperback
Sharon Patton does a wonderful job placing African-American art and artist within the contex of the time in which it was made. She shows how people of color were part of all the art movements and what the contributions were. The reproductions are high quality and the images cover many different mediums. It is easy to read and flows more like a story of art instead of a dry lecture.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By N. Jackson on August 17, 2009
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This is a good introductory resource to African-American art. Patton fits a lot of history in a small book.
Generally the Oxford series are pretty fantastic to begin with, so you can't go wrong.

Plus, I got to meet her. She is very nice and knowledgeable. I got a chance to hear her speak at a conference.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 23, 2012
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I was expecting more stunning pictures and detailed photos to accompany the articles but was disappointed by the content, a good starter book about black art history for teenagers maybe.
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By Moira on July 15, 2014
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I'd love to see more pictures but it's a fairly thorough history.
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By Nyshia on April 15, 2014
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bought this book for a class in college. easy to read. very useful information. i recommend to other college students taking any kinds of african american art classes.. thank you!
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