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Black Art and Culture in the 20th Century (World of Art) Paperback – February 1, 1997


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  • Series: World of Art
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; First Edition edition (February 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500202958
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500202951
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,198,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Powell, an art historian at Duke University, has filled this small volume with an amazing amount of visual and textual information, including nearly 180 illustrations, concise artist profiles, and extended interpretations of the social and cultural contexts for every conceivable art form, from painting and sculpture to collage and performance art, either by or about African Americans. Armed with a set of perfectly honed analytical tools, Powell winds his way through this dense century of political upheaval, cataclysmic violence, and courageous creativity with fluid grace. He begins with a resounding discussion of how the term black has come to embrace a wide range of "African diasporal experiences," and why black art has always been profoundly involved in exploring black cultural identity. Many crucial and unresolved issues pertaining to black values and the role of black artists emerge, and as Powell brings fresh insights into matters social and aesthetic, he tracks each phase of the evolution of the visualization of black consciousness by highlighting seminal works by Aaron Douglas, Jacob Lawrence, Melvin Edwards, Lois Mailou Jones, and Alison Saar, to name just a very few of the innovative, paradigm-shifting artists Powell presents. Donna Seaman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Steven S Dornbusch on December 9, 2001
Format: Paperback
Richard J. Powell's Black Art and Culture in the 20th Century is fascinating reading for ever type of reader: aficionados of Negritude, lovers of prints, paintings, or sculpture, lovers of cinema and pop culture, students of Caribbean cultures, lovers of contemporary or modern art, and students of African-American history. There is truly something here for everyone. This small paperback book is jammed with illustrations rarely seen. Powell's keen eye and sharp intellect make this a rare treat. Powell approaches his subject from many angles, and we are left inspired to seek more. A fantastic buy.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Picture That Art Gallery on January 29, 2000
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Examine the African diaspora - a direct result of the transatlantic slave trade and western colonialism while learning about the lives of african american artists who dipicted the temprament of this timeperiod through visual arts. Catlett, Bearden, Mailou Jones, Lawrence, and many others artists are discussed. The "New Negro", Post-Depression period, Souls of Black folks and divided souls of the african american (europe versus african) which called racial idenity into question are also discussed. Very well written and I highly recommend.
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The book was not in good shape for the price, and was therefore disappointing. In addition, the title of the book was different than a later edition, but the content was the same.
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