Author and curator Jackson invites young readers to learn about the global legacies of 26 Black artists leaving their signature innovative marks on the world.
Set against bright colors and in accessible language, this collection catalogs artists at different stages of their careers who are creating exciting and important work. Jackson curates the roster with the support of Dr. Zoé Whitley, co-curator of the landmark “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power” exhibition that highlighted Black American art created between 1963 and 1983. What makes this volume unique is that it’s all about revealing the power of the arts through the lenses of creators from across the global African diaspora. Recognizing that “Black artists have often been denied the recognition they deserve,” Jackson offers a concise biography of each artist, explores the methods they utilize, and presents a full-color reproduction of one (or more) of their signature works. These artists, of different generations as well as different national origins, together represent the breadth of artistic practices, including photography, painting, performance, textiles, and more. In its fullest life, this book should travel much further than a niche museum gift shop offering into classrooms and community spaces filled with Black youth as a platform for, and a celebration of, Black artistic innovation.
Delivers a magnificent assemblage of Black artists we all need to know and cherish.(glossary, list of illustrations, bibliography, index) (Collective biography. 8-adult)