Item description for Testimony: Vernacular Art of the African-American South: The Ronald and June Shelp Collection by Arthur C. Danto & Kinshasha Conwill...
Speaking powerfully and directly to a growing audience, African-American vernacular art is making its mark in the art world. In this outstanding collection of contemporary art, works by 27 self-taught artists bear eloquent testimony to the social, cultural, and spiritual experiences of Southern African Americans.
Thornton Dial Sr., Ronald Lockett, Bessie Harvey, Mose Tolliver, and Purvis Young head a roster of leading artists in this genre. Five scholars explore the significance of these emotionally charged, culturally complex artworks and their context in the larger art world; brief biographies and the artists' own statements are included.
Testimony accompanies a traveling exhibition organized by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and Exhibitions International.
Citations And Professional Reviews Testimony: Vernacular Art of the African-American South: The Ronald and June Shelp Collection by Arthur C. Danto & Kinshasha Conwill has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Library Journal - 02/15/2002 page 140
Booklist - 02/15/2002 page 1001
Reference and Research Bk News - 02/01/2002 page 185
Choice - 06/01/2002 page 1759
Publishers Weekly - 12/03/2001
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Studio: Harry N. Abrams
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.55" Width: 9.59" Height: 0.88" Weight: 2.5 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2002
Publisher Harry N. Abrams
ISBN 0810944847 ISBN13 9780810944848
Availability 0 units.
More About Arthur C. Danto & Kinshasha Conwill
Arthur C. Danto was Johnsonian Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University.
Arthur C. Danto was born in 1924 and died in 2013.
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Valuable information - insightful essays Dec 31, 2002
Not your everyday book on Outsider Art. While most art books on this subject just showcase collectors' investments, Testimony includes critical studies on the ways collections have been organized and new historical information about the relationship between African American vernacular art and the Outsider movement. All of the essays address hard questions and give you something to think about. In a field noted for its ugly politics, collectors Ronald and June Shelp have been brave and responsible in supporting this kind of writing.
Nothing Special Jun 6, 2002
This is a weak survey of African-American "vernacular art". There are a few pieces of artwork shown for the various artists covered and a short bio. Nothing in depth in terms of the artwork shown or the information given. This is basically your standard collection of the usual suspects in folk art today. A little bit of Dial, Tolliver, Young, Burnside, Light, etc. And the pieces shown aren't that special. It's great they've got a couple of Mose Tolliver's, but they aren't that special in the overall spectrum of Mose's work. Since nothing is in-depth, I'm not really sure what the point of this book is as it adds nothing new to the field. It's great Ronald and June Shelp own all these pieces, but so what? Good for them, but the book adds nothing for the reader. A much better survey is Souls Grown Deep. Much more expensive, but well worth it.