Common Wealth

Common Wealth

Art by African Americans in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

  1. Lowery Stokes Sims
  2. Contributors Dennis Carr
  • ISBN 9780878468157
  • 27.90 x 24.10 cm
  • Hardback
  • 256pp
  • 145 Illustrations, 145 in colour
  • First published 2015
  • Distributed on behalf of MFA Publications - The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The story of African Americans in the visual arts has closely paralleled their social, political and economic aspirations over the last four hundred years.

From enslaved craftspersons to contemporary painters, printmakers and sculptors, they have created a wealth of artistic expression that addresses common experiences, such as exclusion from dominant cultural institutions, and confronts questions of identity and community.

This generously illustrated volume gathers works by leading figures from the nineteenth century to the present – Henry Ossawa Tanner, Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, Lois Mailou Jones, Gordon Parks, Wifredo Lam, Kara Walker, Glenn Ligon, Kerry James Marshall – alongside many others who deserve to be better known, including artists from the African diaspora in South America and the Caribbean.

Arranged thematically and accompanied by authoritative texts that provide historical and interpretive context, this book invites readers to share in a rich outpouring of art that meets shared challenges with individual creative responses.