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Powell, Richard J. 1953-

Works: 160 works in 281 publications in 3 languages and 11,666 library holdings
Genres: Exhibition catalogs  Documentary films  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Nonfiction films 
Roles: Author, Editor, Performer, Arranger, Conductor, Author of introduction, Composer, zxx, Speaker
Classifications: N6538.N5, 704.0396073
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Most widely held works about Richard J Powell
Most widely held works by Richard J Powell
Black art and culture in the 20th century by Richard J Powell( Book )

22 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and Spanish and held by 1,894 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Transformation, use black culture both as subject and as contextual basis. From musings on "the souls of black folk" in turn-of-the-century painting, sculpture and photography, to questions of racial and cultural identities in performance, media and computer-assisted arts in the 1990s, it draws on the work of hundreds of artists including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Lois Mailou Jones, Wifredo Lam, Jacob Lawrence, Spike Lee, Robert
Rhapsodies in black : art of the Harlem Renaissance by Rhapsodies in Black: Art of the Harlem Renaissance (Exhibition)( Book )

12 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 1,310 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rhapsodies in Black takes a fresh look at the Harlem artistic renaissance, contesting narrow interpretations of the movement and recognising its global significance
Black art : a cultural history by Richard J Powell( Book )

8 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 1,133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines key musical, painted, and photographic works of art by top twentieth-century black artists, noting their reflection of black culture as both subject and context, and covering in a revised edition new artists and video art
African-American artists, 1880-1987 : selections from the Evans-Tibbs Collection by Guy C McElroy( Book )

7 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 920 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To conserve a legacy : American art from historically Black colleges and universities by Richard J Powell( Book )

10 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and Spanish and held by 913 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book serves as the catalogue for a major exhibition and conservation project organized by the Addison Gallery of American Art and The Studio Museum in Harlem, in association with the Williamstown Art Conservation Center and the six participating HBCUs."--Jacket
African American art : Harlem Renaissance, civil rights era, and beyond by Smithsonian American Art Museum( Book )

8 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 816 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A beautifully illustrated survey of African American art of the twentieth century, including many never-before-seen works by the most important artists of the period. African American Art presents a powerful selection of paintings, sculpture, prints, and photographs by forty-three black artists who explored the African American experience of the twentieth century. Embracing many universal themes and also evoking specific aspects of the African American experience such as the African diaspora, jazz, and the power of religion, the artists worked in styles as varied as documentary realism, abstraction, and postmodern assemblage of found objects. Drawn entirely from the Smithsonian American Art Museum's rich collection of African American art, the works include paintings by Benny Andrews, Jacob Lawrence, Thornton Dial Sr., Romare Bearden, Alma Thomas, and Lois Mailou Jones, and photographs by Roy DeCarava, Gordon Parks, Roland Freeman, Marilyn Nance, and James Van Der Zee. More than half of the artworks in the exhibition are being shown for the first time. In Richard Powell's text, his usual keen insights into meaning and metaphor enrich the reader's understanding of the artworks in their historical setting and contemporary culture."--Publisher's website
Cutting a figure : fashioning Black portraiture by Richard J Powell( Book )

5 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 419 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Examining painting, photographs, and other representations of black people over the past two centuries, Cutting a Figure argues that these images should be viewed as a category of portraiture distinct from depictions of people with other racial and ethnic backgrounds. The difference, Richard J. Powell contends, stems directly from the black subject's power to subvert dominant racist conventions by evincing such traits as self-composure, self-adornment, and self-imagining." "Powell supports his argument by skillfully parsing these displays of individuality, social performance, and increased visibility, which in the nineteenth century were sometimes described as "cutting a figure." Combining previously unpublished images with scrupulous archival research, Cutting a Figure illuminates the ideological nature of the genre and the centrality of race and cultural identity in understanding modern and contemporary portraiture."--BOOK JACKET
Circle dance : the art of John T. Scott by Richard J Powell( Book )

3 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 363 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Circle Dance: The Art of John T. Scott is a celebration of this renowned artist's work in printmaking, sculpture, collage, and painting produced over the course of a nearly forty-year career. Published in conjunction with an exhibit of the same name at the New Orleans Museum of Art, Circle Dance features 100 color photographs of Scott's art, from his earliest productions in cast bronze, welded steel, and printmaking, to his most recent forays into site-specific public art and mammoth works on paper."--Jacket
Jacob Lawrence by Richard J Powell( Book )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Briefly describes Lawrence's life and career, shows thirteen of his major paintings, and includes comments on their composition
The art of Romare Bearden( Visual )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This film traces Bearden's entire career, including his paintings and watercolors of the 1940's, experimental collages of 1964, large scale murals and late landscapes. Featuring commentary by friends including Wynton Marsalis, Albert Murray, and Emma Amos
Represent : 200 years of African American art in the Philadelphia Museum of Art by Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw( Book )

5 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This publication highlights nearly 150 objects in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art that were created by American artists of African descent. Introduced with an essay by the distinguished scholar Richard J. Powell, the volume includes paintings, sculpture, works on paper, decorative arts, costume and textiles, and photography by some 100 artists, from classically trained painters such as Henry Ossawa Tanner to self-taught artists such as Bill Traylor. Informative, thematic essays by the consulting curator, Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, are followed by individual object entries as well as texts spotlighting areas of collecting strength, many of them written by members of the museum's curatorial staff. The first major publication to focus on the museum's diverse collection of works by African American artists, this volume also offers a fresh scholarly perspective on African American art from the early 19th century to the present
Archibald Motley : jazz age modernist by Archibald John Motley( Book )

5 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 253 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Featuring more than 140 colour illustrations, this catalogue accompanies the first full-scale survey in 20 years of the work of Archibald John Motley, Jr. (1891-1981), a master colourist and radical interpreter of urban culture. Motley's brilliant yet idiosyncratic paintings - simultaneously expressionist and social realist - have captured worldwide attention with their rainbow-hued, syncopated compositions. The catalogue includes the artist's depictions of African American life in early-twentieth-century Chicago, as well as his portraits and archetypes, portrayals of African American life in Jazz Age Paris, and renderings of 1950s Mexico
William H. Johnson : an American modern by William H Johnson( Book )

3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An essential figure in modern American art, William H. Johnson (1901-1970) was a virtuoso skilled in various media and techniques, who produced thousands of works over a career that spanned decades, continents, and genres. This volume considers paintings from the collection of Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, that show the pivotal stages in Johnson's career as a modernist painter of post-impressionist and expressionist works reminiscent of Cezanne, Van Gogh, and Soutine, and the vernacular paintings in which he articulates his specific, unforgettable voice as an artist. In this lavishly illustrated book, some of the world's premier scholars of William H. Johnson and African American art history examine the artist and his artistic genius in fresh new ways, including his relationship with one of his earliest patrons, the Harmon Foundation; the critical role played by scholars at the nation's historically black colleges and universities; the context of Johnson's experiences living in Harlem and his deep southern roots; and Johnson as a trailblazer in the genres of still life and landscape painting."--Publisher's website
Conjuring Bearden by Romare Bearden( Book )

3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 232 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The blues aesthetic : black culture and modernism by Richard J Powell( Book )

6 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kerry James Marshall : mementos by Kerry James Marshall( Book )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 186 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Life and art of William H. Johnson( Visual )

2 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses Johnson and his work, and what it meant to be a black artist in the first half of the 20th century
Back to black : art, cinema & the racial imaginary by Richard J Powell( Book )

5 editions published in 2005 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The book focuses on the rise of the Black Arts Movement in the US, Britain and Jamaica in the 1960s & 1970s
Elizabeth Catlett : works on paper, 1944-1992 by Elizabeth Catlett( Book )

2 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Black art and culture in the 20th century
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Powell, Rick.

Powell, Rick 1953-

Rhapsodies in black : art of the Harlem RenaissanceBlack art : a cultural historyTo conserve a legacy : American art from historically Black colleges and universitiesCutting a figure : fashioning Black portraitureCircle dance : the art of John T. ScottJacob LawrenceWilliam H. Johnson : an American modernConjuring BeardenKerry James Marshall : mementos