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Black Artists Shaping the World (Hardback)
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Black Artists Shaping the World (Hardback)

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Published: 30/09/2021
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Written by award-winning Black British children’s author Sharna Jackson, Black Artists Shaping the World celebrates the diversity of work being produced today by Black artists from around the globe, introducing young readers to twenty-six contemporary artists from Africa and of the African diaspora.

Sharna Jackson’s experience as a children’s author who has worked for over a decade in the cultural sector, both at Tate in London and at Site Gallery in Sheffield, is combined here with the curatorial expertise of Dr Zoé Whitley, Director of London’s Chisenhale Gallery and co-curator of the landmark Tate exhibition ‘Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power’. Their book features artists working in a variety of media from painting, sculpture and drawing to ceramics, installation art and sound art. Artists featured include British Turner Prize-winning painters Lubaina Himid and Chris Ofili; renowned South African visual activist Zanele Muholi; Nigerian sound artist Emeka Ogboh; Sudanese painter Kamala Ibrahim Ishag; Kenyan-British ceramicist Magdalene Odundo; African-American artists Kerry James Marshall, Faith Ringgold, Amy Sherald and Kehinde Wiley; performance artist Harold Offeh; and moving image artist Larry Achiampong.

The result is a refreshingly contemporary celebration of Black artists at work today that will serve as inspiration to a new generation of aspiring young artists.

Winner of Five Awards:
• SLA Information Book Award, Judges Award Winner, Age 13-16 category 2022
• SLA Information Book Award, Children's Choice Winner, Age 13-16 category 2022
• SLA Information Book Award, Judges Choice Winner 2022
• Junior Design Awards - GOLD medal winner
• Made for Mums Awards - GOLD award

With 62 illustrations in colour

Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
ISBN: 9780500652596
Number of pages: 144
Weight: 610 g
Dimensions: 240 x 172 mm


'A beautifully designed short encyclopedia of contemporary art ... Enlightening' - The New York Times Book Review

'Captivating' - Tate

'The world as we know it, has in many ways been shaped by the creative genius of Black people and their unparalleled contribution to civilisation. This publication draws on the civilisational splendour of our forebears, while also serving as a call for today's Black artists to use their creative genius to reconfigure the face of the world once more and to humanise it through art. For this reason, I am both honoured and excited to be a co-architect of this historic moment' - Zizipho Poswa

'So proud and honoured to be in this very very VERY important publication ... magical' - Larry Achiampong, artist

'I’m absolutely delighted to be included in this beautiful publication ... brilliant' - Harold Offeh, artist

'The inspiring mixture is both eclectic and innovative, providing personal histories and an appreciation of their acumen and originality in a variety of art forms. An essential read for any reader wanting to delve into contemporary art' - Children's Books Ireland

'I recommend this for teachers of all ages who are seeking to decolonialise the curriculum' - Nikki Gamble

'An intriguing source of ideas and inspiration for both teachers and students' - Teach Secondary

'A necessary collection for artists and art lovers, this anthology highlights twenty-six Black contemporary artists. Offering recognition and praise for artists routinely locked out of mainstream art conversations, this book highlights their stories, their specific styles, and reproduces one of their signature works' - Book Riot

'What makes this volume unique is that it’s all about revealing the power of the arts through the lenses of creators from across the global African diaspora... Jackson offers a concise biography of each artist, explores the methods they utilize, and presents a full-color reproduction of one (or more) of their signature works... A magnificent assemblage of Black artists we all need to know and cherish' - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

'A vibrant vital book ... it has electricity and fierce celebration' - @wanderingbookseller

'Brilliant' - FAD

'A concise introduction to 26 contemporary artists from Africa and the African diaspora who work in drawing, ceramics, installation art, painting, performance, photography, and sculpture ... Their stories are told in images and easy-to-follow texts set in a brightly colorful layout' - ARTnews

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I'll read anything by Sharna Jackson (check out her other books, High-Rise Mystery and Mic Drop). She curated this celebration of 26 contemporary artists (with the support of Dr Zoé Whitley, Director at... More

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