Black Art Ancestral Legacy: The African Impulse in African-American Art

Alvia J. Wardlaw, Author, Perrault, Author, Robert V. Rozelle, Editor
Alvia J. Wardlaw, Author, Perrault, Author, Robert V. Rozelle, Editor Dallas Museum of Art $49.5 (305p) ISBN 978-0-8109-3104-6
Reviewed on: 03/01/1999
Release date: 03/01/1999
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Many black American artists have sought inspiration in ancestral African visual arts, music and dance. Beyond this, African-American painters and sculptors--urban and rural, folk and militant--are struggling toward self-definition. A touring exhibition, which opened at the Dallas Museum of Art where Wardlaw is a curator, explored these themes with stunning impact and is re-created here. Much more than a catalogue, this groundbreaking volume reclaims a living part of the African-American experience. Ranging from the Harlem Renaissance to Caribbean ceremonial objects, from John Biggers's abstracts to Bessie Harvey's mixed-media sculpture The Family (which shows Mother Earth giving birth to all races of humankind), this wide-angled survey provokes and delights. The book takes the reader down unfamiliar paths, revealing the presence of African myths and motifs in contemporary U.S. works. (Apr.)
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