Art Review

Creating Their Own Image: The History of African-American Women Artists

theirown.gifEven before multiculturalism first stormed the ivory towers of academia in the mid-1980s, the tendency towards “revising” or rethinking American history and culture to include the accomplishments of both women and racial minorities had been in evidence. Hence, it may seem surprising -- or even astonishing -- that our most recent era of Political Correctness failed to produce any comprehensive, scholarly study of African-American women’s artwork. Indeed, such a study has only emerged this year as a result of art historian Lisa E. Farrington’s tireless commitment to produce this extensive look at black women’s artistic contributions from slavery to the present.

In many ways, Creating Their Own Image: The History of African-American Women Artists attempts to answer one basic question: In a society in which the vast majority of black women are objectified, hyper-sexualized, and marginalized (socially, politically, and economically), what does black women’s art actually look like? Read more »

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