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

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

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'This is a riveting show – angry, zestful, ebullient, sardonic, wildly energetic, powerfully direct' - The Guardian

Soul of a Nation at the Tate Modern

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, Curator , Tate Modern 
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Date published: July 2017 
  • Language: English
  • Delivery: Allow 1-2 weeks
  • ISBN: 978-1849764636
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 22.0  cm

'All very fascinating. All very necessary. All very informative. All very worthwhile.' - Independent

'This is a riveting show – angry, zestful, ebullient, sardonic, wildly energetic, powerfully direct' - The Guardian

'ambitious and energetic' - Evening Standard

'The new survey of work made in two tumultuous decades of black activism reveals a prodigious range of artistic expression' - FT

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Soul of a Nation at Tate