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This book belongs on the art reference shelf of every major library. A revised and updated edition of the 1978 work Art: African American, it presents short biographies and illustrations of the work of 176 artists of African descent working in the United States from the Revolution to the present. The strongest section covers artists, almost all of them painters, working from 1865 to 1960. Descriptions of artists after 1960 are a jumble of thoughtful three-page essays and uninformative three-sentence citations. Because this scholarly but readable work will be the starting point for so much research, the lack of annotations in the bibliography and the overall variability in the quality of citations is a major disappointment. Despite these flaws, this will be the book to reach for when African American art reference questions arise. Recommended for fine arts collections.
David McClelland, Temple Univ. Lib., Philadelphia
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"An absolute must for any art-lover interested in the subject matter. With this publication the professor emerita of art history provides a comprehensive overview of the work of Afro-American artists from the eighteenth century up to the present day. . . . Lewis found the material for her publication in public and private collections from all over the United States."--Artium -- Review
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 359 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; Revised & Expanded edition (March 18, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520239350
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520239357
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #287,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Christina M Bennett on April 2, 2004
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Samella Lewis has updated and further developed her definitive guide on African-American Art. As a former student instructed on the subject with her first edition of this book as our class text, I can definitively say that this book provides a solid understanding of the different art movements and a variety of examples of the works. Also from the perspective of a young museum professional who has worked with African-American art collections, I highly recommend this volume as a foundation of basic knowledge on the subject.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amy on December 20, 2012
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When I ordered this book on Amazon, I was not sure what the quality was like or if it was in fact the right textbook. When it came, it was in perfect order for being a used book and was not missing any pages. It also was the right book for class and contains a lot of information regarding African American Artists, mainly the ones of the visual sorts. Good read, lots of images in black/white and also in color.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David Ryan on July 19, 2005
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Excellent book! It has pictures and a bio on todays black artists. My favorite would have to be Ben Jones, my old college professor! lol [...]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shai C on January 7, 2014
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I bought this book for my humanities class and it is really worth having in your collection both for your education and your home.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By aries_BLU on September 13, 2013
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This is a book that was a necessary component in an African American Art History course that I took, and it definitely accomplished the job. It is an older edition, but that does not detract from the bountiful amount of information about art in each respective periods, as well as the colorful pictures of artwork that accompany as examples. This is a great and useful read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Moore No Less on September 26, 2014
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Get this book before it becomes unavailable. A critical part and enlightening review of American art history.
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