AFRICOBRA: Experimental Art toward a School of Thought - Art History Publication Initiative (Paperback)Wadsworth A. Jarrell (author)
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Publisher: Duke University Press
Number of pages: 320
Dimensions: 254 x 178 mm
"The principles and philosophy of the collective AFRICOBRA in many ways defined the parameters of art making for politically conscious African American artists during the era of Black power. Who can forget their stunning manifesto that emphasized standards such as coolade color, shine, free symmetry, and mimesis at midpoint?! Now Wadsworth A. Jarrell's new book brings us a first-person account of this group and period from an artist who was there from the start. Beautifully illustrated, it offers a fresh perspective and significant references, and it serves as an important sourcebook for late twentieth-century practice. As the study of art moves beyond a New York--centric approach, histories coming out of major centers like Chicago are especially important. AFRICOBRA joins a growing body of literature on art making outside New York; it will allow a plethora of new chronicles to be written." -- Kellie Jones, Columbia University
"AFRICOBRA is a timely book as part of a movement that remains current as many art organizations are assessing their complicity in the suppression and appropriation of Black voices. This book will be of interest to scholars of African American art history and American art history in general." -- Laura Haynes * ARLIS/NA *
"Lavishly illustrated with images of works by the Jarrells and AfriCOBRA colleagues including his wife, Donaldson, Jones-Hogu, and Nelson Stevens, the book describes the formation of the collective and its first three major exhibitions." -- Steven Litt * The Plain Dealer *
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