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Biggers, John Thomas 1924-2001

Overview
Works: 118 works in 192 publications in 1 language and 6,253 library holdings
Genres: Exhibition catalogs  Art  Biography  Fiction  Folklore  Juvenile works  History  Educational films  Poetry  Biographical films 
Roles: Author, Illustrator, Artist
Classifications: N6537.B52, 759.13
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A life on paper : the drawings and lithographs of John Thomas Biggers by Ollie Jensen Theisen( )

8 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 1,395 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"John Thomas Biggers (1924-2001) was a major African American artist who inspired countless others through his teaching, murals, paintings, and drawings. After receiving conventional art training at Hampton Institute and Pennsylvania State, he had his personal and artistic breakthrough in 1957 when he spent six months in the newly independent country of Ghana. From this time forward, he integrated African abstract elements with his rural Southern images to create a personal iconography. His new approach made him famous, as his personal discovery of African heritage fit in well with the growing U.S. civil rights movement. He is best known for his murals at Hampton University, Winston-Salem University, and Texas Southern, but the drawings and lithographs that lie behind the murals have received scant attention - until now." "Theisen interviewed Dr. Biggers during the last thirteen years of his life, and was welcomed into his studio innumerable times. Together, they selected more than one hundred representative works for this volume, some of which have not been previously published for a general audience. After his death in 2001, his widow continued to work closely with Theisen, resulting in a book that is intimate and informative for both the scholar and the student."--BOOK JACKET
Walls that speak : the murals of John Thomas Biggers by Ollie Jensen Theisen( )

5 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"John Thomas Biggers (1924-2001) was one of the most significant African American artists of the twentieth century. He was known for his murals, but also for his drawings, paintings, and lithographs, and was honored by a major traveling retrospective exhibition from 1995 to 1997. He created archetypal imagery that spoke positively to the rich and varied ethnic heritage of African Americans, long before the Civil Rights era drew attention to their African cultural roots. His influence upon other artists was profound, both for the power of his art and as professor and elder statesman to younger generations. Olive Jensen Theisen's long-time commitment to the art of John Biggers resulted from the serendipitous discovery of an early Biggers mural in a school storeroom in the mid-1980s. Theisen immediately recognized the artist, the work, and its significance. She then set about returning The History of Negro Education in Morris County, Texas to a place of honor and found herself becoming a friend and recorder of John Biggers's stories and experiences relating to the creation of his other murals too, including Family Unity at Texas Southern University. Containing more than eighty color and black-and-white illustrations, Walls That Speak is a richly illustrated update of an earlier edition published in 1996. The artist completed new murals between its publication and his death in 2001. In addition to the inclusion of the new murals, Theisen has added a chapter on Biggers's African art collection. The only work exclusively dedicated to his murals, this book will appeal to all those interested in murals or African American art."
The art of John Biggers : view from the upper room by Alvia J Wardlaw( Book )

8 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 831 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Catalog of a traveling exhibition first held at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Apr. 2-Aug. 28, 1995
I, Momolu by Lorenz Graham( Book )

4 editions published between 1966 and 1987 in English and held by 309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With his father, fourteen-year-old Momolu travels from their remote Liberian village to the city of Cape Roberts where they learn many things about each other and the growing conflict between rural and urban in Africa
Kindred spirits : contemporary African-American artists( Visual )

4 editions published between 1992 and 2015 in English and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on the highly acclaimed exhibition, Black Art: Ancestral Legacy, organized by the Dallas Museum of Art. The exhibition toured the United States from 1989 until 1991 and 1991 and lives on in this program which includes interviews with artists from the exhibition, John Biggers, Bessie Harvey, Lois Mailou Jones, Jean Lacy, Ed Love, Charles Searles, and Renee Stout; curator Alvia Wardlaw; and poet/author Maya Angelou
Stories of illumination and growth : John Biggers' Hampton murals( Visual )

3 editions published between 1992 and 2013 in English and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Prominent Afro-American artist John T. Biggers, a graduate of Hampton University in 1948, returns to Hampton to create two murals for the new library. His art, rich in positive images and traditional symbols, provides a link to Hampton's past and a direction for the future. In this video, which chronicles the creation of the murals, John Biggers discusses his influences and the stories he is telling in his art
Our grandmothers by Maya Angelou( Book )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Biggers' journey : a romance( Visual )

6 editions published between 1995 and 2013 in English and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Prominent Afro-American artist John T. Biggers talks about his life and its influence on his drawings and paintings
The cross timbers; memories of a north Texas boyhood by Edward Everett Dale( )

3 editions published between 1966 and 2012 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reading this, you will be impressed by the great differences in the lifeways of rural children today and those about a 100 years ago
The Negro woman in American life and education : a mural presentation by John Thomas Biggers( )

3 editions published between 1954 and 2017 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ananse, the web of life in Africa by John Thomas Biggers( Book )

9 editions published between 1962 and 1996 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1957, John Biggers traveled to Ghana, Nigeria, and other West African countries in search of an understanding of his African heritage. The deeply felt words and pictures in this book record his discoveries. Biggers provides an intimate view of "the web of life" in West Africa. In his own words, "My intention was to discover and to portray what was intrinsically African. I was not interested in showing the degree to which Africans measured up to American or European standards in materialistic acquisitions; I was solely interested in capturing something universal in the many ... washerwomen, farming women, fishermen, lumber workers, market women, mothers, fathers, and children. "I envisioned three general geographical areas that offered contrasts: life near the sea, life in the forest region, and life on the open plains. Yet I wanted to show in these contrasting areas a thread of homogeneity that held the people together, that linked them in their struggle, in their destiny. The eighty-nine drawings in this book represent my effort.""--Amazon
Black art in Houston : the Texas Southern University experience : presenting the art of Biggers, Simms and their students by John Thomas Biggers( Book )

3 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The traditional African art collection : Texas Southern University Library by Texas Southern University( Book )

1 edition published in 1980 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dog ghosts, and other Texas Negro folk tales by John Mason Brewer( Book )

2 editions published in 1958 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Celebration of life mural : African visions, symbolic visions, tradition visions by John Thomas Biggers( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Artist file : miscellaneous uncataloged material by John Thomas Biggers( )

in Undetermined and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Earth, air, fire, water( Book )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Thomas Biggers art works by John Thomas Biggers( )

in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sketches, drawings, and 5 prints, undated and 1940-1967, including studies for the murals DYING SOLDIER, PREACHER MURAL, WEB OF LIFE, and others; and a family portrait, 1948
Art prints( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Consists of art prints featuring paintings, sculpture, and prints. Includes background information, questions, and activities for each print
Dr. John Biggers presents wall mural dedication ceremony : at Paul Pewitt Elementary School, October 27, 1989 by John Thomas Biggers( Visual )

1 edition published in 1989 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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The art of John Biggers : view from the upper room
Alternative Names
Biggers, John

Biggers, John 1924-2001

Biggers, John T.

Biggers, John Thomas

Biggers, John Thomas 1924-2001

John Anansa Thomas Biggers

John Biggers

John Thomas Biggers

John Thomas Biggers Amerikaans kunstschilder (1924-2001)

John Thomas Biggers artista estadounidense

John Thomas Biggers artiste américain

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