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

Paperback | April 3, 2011

byLisa E. Farrington

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Hailed as "a captivating and thorough study of a long-ignored aspect of America's art history" (CHOICE), Creating Their Own Image offers the first comprehensive history of African-American women artists, spanning from slavery to the Harlem Renaissance and the tumultuous civil rights era, rightup to the present day. Lavishly illustrated throughout with color illustrations, this magnificent volume richly details hundreds of important works - including some images never before published - to present a portrait of artistic creativity unprecedented in its scope and ambition. Weaving together an expansive collection of artists, styles, and periods, Lisa Farrington argues that for centuries African-American women artists have created an alternative vision of how women of color can, are, and might be represented in American culture. From utilitarian objects such as quiltsand baskets to a wide array of fine arts, Creating Their Own Image serves up compelling evidence of the fundamental human need to convey one's life, emotions, and experiences on a canvas of one's own making.

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Hailed as "a captivating and thorough study of a long-ignored aspect of America's art history" (CHOICE), Creating Their Own Image offers the first comprehensive history of African-American women artists, spanning from slavery to the Harlem Renaissance and the tumultuous civil rights era, rightup to the present day. Lavishly illustrated...

Lisa E. Farrington is Chairperson and Professor in the Department of Art and 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.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 10.88 × 7.69 × 0.68 inPublished:April 3, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199767602

ISBN - 13:9780199767601

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I1. The Image2. Creativity and the Era of Slavery3. The 19th Century Professional Vanguard4. The Harlem Renaissance and the New Negro5. The New Negro and the New Deal6. Civil Rights and Black Power7. Black Feminist ArtPart II8. Abstract Explorations9. Conceptualism: Art as Idea10. Vernacular Artists: Against the Odds11. Postmodern Pluralism12. "Post Black" and the New MillenniumNotesBibliographyIndex