Souls Grown Deep like the Rivers : Black Artists from the American South available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Souls Grown Deep like the Rivers : Black Artists from the American South

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A richly illustrated book exploring the art tradition of black artists from the American South and published to coincide with a major exhibition at the Royal Academy, London

For generations, Black artists from the American South have forged a unique art tradition. Working in near isolation from established practices, they have created masterpieces in clay, driftwood, roots, soil, recycled and cast-off objects that articulate America's painful past - the inhuman practice of enslavement, the cruel segregationist policies of the Jim Crow era, and institutionalised racism. Their works date from the early 20th century to today and respond to issues ranging from economic inequality, oppression and social marginalisation, to sexuality, the influence of place and ancestral memory.

Among the sculptures, paintings, reliefs and drawings included here are works by Thornton Dial, Lonnie Holley, Ronald Lockett, Hawkins Bolden, Bessie Harvey, Charles Williams, Mary T. Smith, Purvis Young, Mose Tolliver, Nellie Mae Rowe, Mary Lee Bendolph, Marlene Bennett Jones, Martha Jane Pettway, Loretta Pettway, and Henry and Georgia Speller. Also featured are the celebrated quiltmakers of Gee's Bend, Alabama, and the neighbouring communities of Rehoboth and Alberta.

Published to accompany a landmark exhibition at the Royal Academy, London running from March 17 to June 18, 2023.

  • Author: Maxwell L. Anderson
  • Hardcover: 144 pages | 125 colour illustrations
  • Date published: March 2023
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781912520954
  • Product Dimensions: 26.7 x 19.7 cm

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