Samella Lewis has brought "African American Art and Artists" fully up to date in this revised and expanded edition. The book now looks at the works and lives of artists from the eighteenth century to the present, including new work in traditional media as well as in installation art, mixed media, and digital/computer art. Mary Jane Hewitt, an author, curator, and longtime friend of Samella Lewis', has written an introduction to the new edition. Generously and handsomely illustrated, the book continues to reveal the rich legacy of work by African American artists, whose art is now included in the permanent collections of national and international museums as well as in major private collections.
Samella Lewis is Professor Emerita of Art History, Scripps College, and the author of The Art of Elizabeth Catlett (2000) and Caribbean Visions: Contemporary Painting and Sculpture (1995).
Foreword Introduction to the Revised and Expanded Edition Preface Acknowledgments Introduction 1619-1865: CULTURAL DEPRIVATION AND SLAVERY The Craft Heritage as an Economic Resource The Emergence of Professional Artists Freemen and the Abolitionist Movement Discrimination and the Problem of Patronage 1865-1920: EMANCIPATION AND CULTURAL DILEMMA The First Major Landscape Painter The Diverse Quests for Professional Status American Reliance on the European Artistic Tradition 192-1940: NEW AMERICANISM AND ETHNIC IDENTITY The Spread of the Harlem Movement The Self-Taught Individualists 1940-1960: SOCIAL AND POLITICAL AWARENESS Mural Art as Cultural and Social Commentary The WPA and Its Legacy 1960-1990: POLITICAL AND CULTURAL AWARENESS Painting The Flag: A Symbol of Repression Reality and the Dream Symbolism: Geometric, Organic, and Figurative Mixed-Media Assemblages Sculpture: Additive or Direct Art/Craft Drawing Graphic Processes: Economical and Aesthetic Approaches to Communication Performances/Installations/Environments 1990-2002: FROM PAINTING TO TECHNOLOGY: ART BEFORE AND INTO THE NEW MILLENNIUM Painting Sculpture Installation Art Mixed-Media Art Digital/Computer Art Conclusion Bibliography Index