African American Art and Artists
African American Art and Artists draws from historical and private collections around the country, Dr. Samella Lewis has gathered an impressive representation of the work of African American artists, from the 18th century to 1990. This 2nd edition includes an additional decade of art, with an updated forward by Floyd Coleman, who served as Howard University's Art Department Chair. Handsomely and generously illustrated, this book reveals a rich legacy of work by African American painters, sculptors and graphic artists.
Featuring over 150 artists ranging from Robert M. Douglass and Edmonia Lewis to David Driskell and Barbara Chase Riboud.
5-star review of African American Art and Artists:
"A Commendable Documentation of African American Art
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."
from the back cover:
In the history of American art, the contributions made by people of African descent have been significant but little understood or appreciated. There is a need to make known the uniquely creative, artistic, and philosophical aspirations, social motivations and scope of African American artists throughout the development of the arts in the United States.
Beginning with the arts produced in the Colonial period, Dr. Lewis documents and interprets the flow of creative productions of an important segment of the American population. Her book shows that the range of art produced by African American artists covers the entire spectrum of craft productions through painting, sculpture, and printmaking. There is a progressive development of style that not only reflects the trends in particular periods, but reveals an evolving pattern of indigenous qualities that are distinct.
The art community in general and the African American community in particular are fortunate to have Dr. Samella Lewis, for she has developed unusual authority in the area of African American art. I know that African American Art and Artists will be of great value educationally and that it will offer a stimulating and rewarding experience to all who the opportunity to share in its contents.
This book is currently out of print.
- Softcover: 302 pages; black/white + color images
- Publisher: University of California Press; 2nd addition (1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0520085329
- ISBN-13: 978-052008532-9
- Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.25 pounds
- Condition: Like New