Soul of a Nation : Art in the Age of Black Power - the exhibition catalogue from Tate/Brooklyn Museum of Art available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Soul of a Nation : Art in the Age of Black Power

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A fascinating book which shines a light on the vital contribution of Black artists to a dramatic period in American art and history

In the period of radical change that was 1963-83, young Black artists at the beginning of their careers in the USA confronted key questions and pressures. How could they make art that would stand as innovative, original, formally and materially complex, while also making work that reflected their concerns and experience as African Americans? This significant new publication surveys this crucial period in American art history, bringing to light previously neglected histories of twentieth-century Black artists, including Frank Bowling, Sam Gilliam, Melvin Edwards, Bettye Saar, Jack Whitten and William T. Williams.

It accompanies a major exhibition, opening at Tate Modern and touring to Crystal Bridges and Brooklyn Museum of Art. This book features substantial essays from co-curators Mark Godfrey and Zoe Whitley, writing on abstraction and figuration respectively. It will also explore the art historical and social contexts with subjects including black feminism; AfriCOBRA and other artist-run groups; the role of museums in the debates of the period; and where visual art sat in relation to the Black Arts Movement.

  • Author: Mark Godfrey
  • Paperback: 240 pages | 220 colour illustrations
  • Date published: July 2017
  • ISBN: 9781849764636
  • Language: English
  • Product Dimensions: 26.5 x 21.5 cm

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