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Art and race matters : the career of Robert Colescott / Raphaela Platow and Lowery Stokes Sims, editors.

Publication:
New York, New York : Rizzoli Electa ; Cincinnati, Ohio : In association with Contempoary Arts Center, 2019. , ©2019
Format/Description:
Book
251 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), portraits ; 32 cm
Subjects:
Colescott, Robert, 1925-2009.
Colescott, Robert, 1925-2009 -- Exhibitions.
Colescott, Robert, 1925-2009 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Colescott, Robert, 1925-2009 -- Themes, motives.
Colescott, Robert, 1925-2009 -- Interviews.
African American painting -- 20th century -- Exhibitions.
Political art -- California -- 20th century -- Exhibitions.
Race in art -- Exhibitions.
African Americans in art -- Exhibitions.
Blacks in art -- Exhibitions.
Art -- Political aspects -- California -- 20th century -- Exhibitions.
African American painters -- California -- 20th century -- Exhibitions.
Colescott, Robert, 1925-2009.
African American painters.
African American painting.
Painting, American.
Form/Genre:
Biography.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Exhibition catalogs.
Illustrated works.
Exhibition catalogs.
Essays.
Illustrated works.
Place of Publication:
United States New York (State) New York.
United States Ohio Cincinnati.
Language:
Text in English.
Summary:
"Robert Colescott (1925-2009) was a trailblazing artist, whose august career was as unique as his singular artistic style. Known for figurative satirical paintings that exposed the ugly ironies of race in America from the 1970s through thate 1990s, his work was profoundly influential to the generations of artists that have followed him, such as Kara Walker, Kehinde Wiley, and Henry Taylor, among many others. This volume--accompanying the largest retrospective of the artist's work ever mounted--surveys the entirety of Colescott's body of work, including early works which have rarely been seen. The book includes substantive essays by two of the curators of the exhibition, Lowery Stokes Sims and Matthew Weseley, as well as reminiscences and thought pieces by a variety of family, friends, collaborators, students, curators, dealers, and scholars on his work and a selection of writings by the artist himself. This collection of diverse essays, interviews, and personal remembrances presents perspectives and insights which allow for a richer understanding of the artist's work. Importantly, this catalogue provides detailed stylistic analyses of Colescott's politically inflected oeuvre, focusing on the artist's own consideration of his work in the context of the grand traditions of European painting and contemporary polemic. Relying on previously unpublished transcripts of lectures, reviews, and archival materials provided by institutions and individuals, the book offers a fuller story of the artist's important life and career." --publisher's description, dust jacket.
"The most comprehensive volume devoted to the life and work of pioneering African American artist Robert Colescott, accompanying the largest traveling exhibition of his work ever mounted. Robert Colescott (1925-2009) was a trailblazing artist, whose august career was as unique as his singular artistic style. Known for figurative satirical paintings that exposed the ugly ironies of race in America from the 1970s through the late 1990s, his work was profoundly influential to the generations of artists that have followed him, such as Kara Walker, Kehinde Wiley, and Henry Taylor, among many others. This volume surveys the entirety of Colescott's body of work, with contributions by more than ten curators and writers, including a substantive essay by the show's cocurator, the renowned Lowery Stokes Sims. It provides a detailed stylistic analysis of his politically inflected oeuvre, focusing on Colescott's own consideration of his work in the context of the grand traditions of European painting and contemporary polemic. In addition, the book features reminiscences and thought pieces by a variety of family, friends, students, curators, dealers, and scholars on his work as well as a selection of writings by the artist himself. Relying on previously unpublished transcripts of lectures, reviews, and archival materials provided by institutions and individuals, the book will provide a fuller story of the artist's life and career." --Publisher's website.
Contents:
Robert Colescott: the untold story / Matthew Weseley
Colescott in the 1980s and '90s: stranger in a strange land / Lowery Stokes Sims
Robert Colescott and family: making an artist / Lauren Mcintosh Walrod
Robert Colescott: pride and prejudice
a memory / Mitchell D. Kahan
Pleased to remember / Mary Lovelace O'Neal
Robert Colescott then and now / Miriam Roberts
Making Carrie Mae Weems's Framed by Modernism: a conversation / Carrie Mae Weems, Lowery Stokes Sims
Reminiscences / Alfred J Quiroz, John Louder, Leon Dockery, Ramsay Bell Breslin
Interview with Jordan and Arlene Schnitzer / Jordan Schnitzer, Arlene Schnitzer
Those Africans look like white elephants: an interview with Robert Colescott / Joe Lewis
Black humor squared / Richard J. Powell
Reckoning with Robert Colescott / Barry Linderman
Selection of writings / Robert Colescott.
Notes:
"Published on the occasion of the exhibition Art and race matters: the career of Robert Colescott, organized by the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati"--Colophon.
Exhibition schedule: Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati: September 20, 2019-January 12, 2020; Portland Art Museum, Oregon: February 15-May 17, 2020; Chicago Cultural Center, Illinois: June 20-September 27, 2020; Akron Art Museum, Ohio: October 25, 2020-January 31, 2021; Sarasota Museum of Art, Florida: March-June 2021.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-249) and index.
"Art and Race Matters: the Career of Robert Colescott" : September 20, 2019-January 12, 2020, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, United States.
"Art and Race Matters: the Career of Robert Colescott" : February 15-May 17, 2020, Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon, United States.
"Art and Race Matters: the Career of Robert Colescott" : June 20-September 27, 2020, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, Illinois, United States.
"Art and Race Matters: the Career of Robert Colescott" : October 25, 2020-January 31, 2021, Akron Art Museum, Akron, Ohio, United States.
"Art and Race Matters: the Career of Robert Colescott" : March-June 2021.
Contributor:
Platow, Raphaela, editor.
Sims, Lowery Stokes, editor, author, interviewer.
Colescott, Robert, 1925-2009, artist, author, interviewee.
Wesely, Matthew, author.
Walrod, Lauren McIntosh, author.
Kahan, Mitchell Douglas, 1951- author.
O'Neal, Mary Lovelace, author.
Roberts, Miriam, author.
Weems, Carrie Mae, 1953- interviewee.
Quiroz, Alfred J., contributor.
Louder, John, contributor.
Dockery, Leon, contributor.
Breslin, Ramsay Bell, contributor.
Schnitzer, Jordan D., interviewer.
Schnitzer, Arlene, 1929- interviewee.
Lewis, Joe, author.
Powell, Richard J., 1953- author.
Blinderman, Barry, author.
Contemporary Arts Center (Cincinnati, Ohio), issuing body, publisher, organizer, host institution.
Portland Art Museum (Or.), host institution.
Chicago Cultural Center, host institution.
Akron Art Museum, host institution.
Sarasota Museum of Art (Fla.), host institution.
Rizzoli editore, publisher.
Contains:
Container of: Colescott, Robert, 1925-2009. Works. Selections.
ISBN:
0847866955
9780847866953
OCLC:
1089920540
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