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CONTEMPORARY ART MOVEMENTS

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DelMonico Books/Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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Hardcover, 9 x 12 in. / 224 pgs / 222 color.

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Catalog: SPRING 2023 p. 3   

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ISBN 9781636810164 TRADE
List Price: $49.95 CDN $69.95 GBP £43.99

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Atlanta, GA
Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, 01/30/23–05/14/23

Memphis, TN
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, 09/23/23–07/01/24

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DELMONICO BOOKS/LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART

Black American Portraits

From the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Edited with text by Christine Y. Kim and Myrtle Elizabeth Andrews. Forewords by Mary Schmidt Campbell and Michael Govan. Text by Hilton Als, Bridget R. Cooks, Ilene Susan Fort, Dhyandra Lawson, Jeffrey C. Stewart. Afterword by Naima J. Keith.

Black American Portraits

A celebratory visual chronicle of the many ways in which Black Americans have used portraiture to envision themselves

Spanning over two centuries from around 1800 to the present day, Black American Portraits chronicles the ways in which Black Americans have used portraiture to envision themselves in their own eyes. Remembering Two Centuries of Black American Art, curated by David C. Driskell at LACMA 45 years ago, this book is a companion to the exhibition of the same name that reframes portraiture to center Black American subjects, sitters and spaces. This selection of approximately 140 works from LACMA’s permanent collection highlights emancipation, scenes from the Harlem Renaissance, portraits from the Civil Rights and Black Power eras, multiculturalism of the 1990s and the spirit of Black Lives Matter.
Countering a visual culture that often demonizes Blackness and fetishizes the spectacle of Black pain, these images center love, abundance, family, community and exuberance. Black American Portraits depicts Black figures in a range of mediums such as painting, drawing, prints, photography, sculpture, mixed media and time-based media. In addition to work by artists of African descent, Black American Portraits includes several works by artists of other backgrounds who have exemplified a thoughtfulness about, sensitivity toward and commitment to Black artists, communities, histories and subjects.
Artists include: Alvin Baltrop, Edward Biberman, Bisa Butler, Jordan Casteel, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Bruce Davidson, Stan Douglas, rafa esparza, Shepard Fairey, Charles Gaines, Sargent Claude Johnson, Deana Lawson, Kerry James Marshall, Alice Neel, Lorraine O'Grady, Catherine Opie, Amy Sherald, Ming Smith, Henry Taylor, Tourmaline, Mickalene Thomas, James Van Der Zee, Carrie Mae Weems, Charles White, Kehinde Wiley and Deborah Willis.


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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/16/2023

Over MLK Weekend, we celebrate Black excellence and joy in 'Black American Portraits'

Over MLK Weekend, we celebrate Black excellence and joy in 'Black American Portraits'

Forever—Bisa Butler's quilted and appliquéd 2020 tribute to the revered American actor Chadwick Boseman (1976–2020)—is reproduced from Black American Portraits, published by DelMonico Books and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Presenting more than 140 works from the LACMA collection, this is a celebratory, kaleidoscopic chronicle of the many ways in which Black Americans have used portraiture to envision themselves over the past two centuries—from the earliest aspects of the Civil Rights Movement to Black Lives Matter. "Each time you return to this volume," Naima J. Keith writes, "we challenge you to interrogate the systems and injustices that have made—and continue to make—this work necessary and important. We hope the myriad of diverse and moving pieces allows you to imagine a future where Black excellence and joy are not simply responses to the brutal and needless murder of Black people, but standard features of our collective daily existence." continue to blog


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