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Creating Their Own Image: The History of African-American Women Artists Paperback – March 31, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0199767601 ISBN-10: 0199767602 Edition: 1st
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Although it arrives at the 1960s only a third of the way in, this first textbook on African-American women artists is brimming with discoveries. Farrington, who teaches a course (from which this book takes its name) at New York's Parsons School of Design, proceeds roughly chronologically, beginning with Reconstruction-era weaving and quilt work by artists like Kentucky's Louiza Francis Combs and with the marble sculpture of Edmonia Lewis. Few of the names are familiar, and few of the works in conventional media arresting, until Farrington reaches contemporary pieces and artists. Farrington is the author of two monographs on painter Faith Ringgold, and her appreciation for and mastery of recent work comes through on every page. Most of the 150 color and 100 b&w reproductions, generally placed at the margins of the text but sized generously, are from this period, from Carol Ann Carter's installations to Laylah Ali's colorful and disturbing graphic work. The result makes for a terrific introduction to contemporary art by African-American women as informed by a legacy that is just beginning to be pieced together and understood.
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The story of African American women artists is the story of overcoming racism and sexism and responding to black female stereotypes. In Creating Their Own Image, the first book-length history of African American women artists, Farrington begins with the days of enslavement and moves through the nineteenth century to the Harlem Renaissance, the civil rights era, and the present, profiling individual artists and chronicling their part in the long battle black women artists continue to fight to reclaim their own image and secure equality in the art world. A richly detailed yet fluent work of trailblazing research, fresh interpretations, and cogent argument, Farrington's treatise discusses vital aesthetic as well as social and cultural issues and creates a vibrant context for such seminal artists as Augusta Savage, Faith Ringgold, Barbara Chase-Riboud, Kara Walker, and many more. Donna Seaman
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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (March 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199767602
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199767601
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 1.1 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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By Moore No Less on September 26, 2014
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Truly enlightening and engaging. A major slice of art history knowledge.
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Excellent resource on this specific topic. The span and perspective rank above similar books.
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