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African Modernism in America

African Modernism in America

Current price: $50.00
Publication Date: October 25th, 2022
American Federation of Arts
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A groundbreaking examination of modern African artists and their relationships with American artists and cultural institutions in the mid-twentieth century
Between 1947 and 1967, institutions such as the Harmon Foundation, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and historically Black colleges and universities collected and exhibited works by many of the most important African artists of the mid-twentieth century, including Ben Enwonwu (Nigeria), Gerard Sekoto (South Africa), Ibrahim El-Salahi (Sudan), and Skunder Boghossian (Ethiopia). The inventive and irrefutably contemporary nature of these artists’ paintings, sculptures, and works on paper defied typical Western narratives about African art being isolated in a “primitive” past.
Providing an unprecedented examination of the complex connections between modern African artists and American patrons amid the interlocking histories of civil rights, decolonization, and the Cold War, this fascinating volume reveals a transcontinental network of artists, curators, and scholars that challenged assumptions about African art in the United States and encouraged American engagement with African artists as contemporaries

Distributed for the American Federation of Arts

Exhibition Schedule:

Fisk University Galleries, Nashville, TN
(October 6, 2022–February 11, 2023)
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
(March 10–August 6, 2023)
The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC
(October 7, 2023–January 7, 2024)
Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati, OH
(February 10–May 19, 2024)

About the Author

Perrin M. Lathrop is a University of Maryland-Phillips Collection postdoctoral fellow in modern and contemporary art history.