The Metropolitan Museum of Art My Soul Has Grown Deep - Black Art from the American South exhibition catalogue

My Soul Has Grown Deep - Black Art from the American South

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This book, which accompanies a show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, examines the art-historical significance of a major group of self-taught artists from the American South. My Soul Has Grown Deep features works by Black painters and multi-media artists including the pioneering constructions of Thornton Dial and renowned quilts from Gee's Bend, Alabama. Nearly 60 remarkable examples- originally collected by the Souls Grown Deep Foundation - are featured here, alongside insightful texts that explore their evocation of a Southern Black aesthetic, establishing important connections to the mainstream of contemporary art.


The book's three essays illuminate the artists' novel use of found or salvaged materials, the work of the Gee's Bend artists in the broader history of American quilts, and the political context of the American South during and after the Civil Rights era, in which this art is grounded. The works described, and beautifully illustrated, tell a remarkable story of creativity in the face of enormous difficulties, and were made by artists whose determination produced new and unique forms of artistic expression.

  • Author: Randall Griffey
  • Hardcover: 116 pages | 100 colour illustrations
  • Date published: July 2018
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1588396099
  • Dimensions: 25.4 x 22 cm

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