Creating Their Own Image

Creating Their Own Image : The History of African-American Women Artists

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Creating Her Own Image argues that, for centuries, African American women artists have, through their artistic production, created an alternate vision of how women of color should be preceived in American culture. This synthesis, organised chronologically, covers major themes in African major artistic movements, such as abstract art, vernacular art and postmodernism in painting, sculpture, and other forms.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 366 pages
  • 200.7 x 276.9 x 33mm | 1,564.91g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New
  • halftones and full colour illustrations throughout
  • 019516721X
  • 9780195167214

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Farrington gives the reader a layered narrative and a dazzling array of artworks.... It is the kind of book anyone interested in art, women's art, or African American art will want to own and refer to constantly. Anyone teaching women's studies, gender studies, or African American women's studies will want to own this as well. * History * From 'women's work' in fabric art of the slavery era to 'post-black' artists working in a stunning range of styles and mediums, Lisa Farrington's Creating Their Own Image presents an important survey of the extraordinary contributions African-American women artists--unknown and known, past and present--have made and continue to make to our visual culture. This is a book we will consult, and enjoy, often. * Henry Louis Gates, Jr., W. E. B. Du Bois Professor of the Humanities, Harvard University * A clearly written and beautifully illustrated text that presents the myriad and nuanced experiences, visions, and talents of African-American women artists. * April F. Masten, Reviews in American History * Farrington's survey work fills gaps in the history of American art, and should keep these artists from being overlooked in the future.. * CHOICE * Creating Their Own Image: The History of African-American Women Artists is an exemplary piece of scholarship. Rich in information and images, it is contextualized in socio-economic, political and artistic facts. This tome is a brilliant history reflecting the aesthetics and the social and metaphysical traditions of African-American women artists and their artistry. A Must Read!! * Tritobia Hayes-Benjamin, Howard University *
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About Lisa E. Farrington

Lisa E. Farrington is Chairperson and Professor in the Department of Art & Music at John Jay College. Her books include Faith Ringgold and Art on Fire: The Politics of Race and Sex in the Paintings of Faith Ringgold.
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