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Powell, Richard J. 1953-

Works: 186 works in 334 publications in 3 languages and 12,518 library holdings
Genres: Exhibition catalogs  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Catalogues raisonnés  Documentary films  History  Nonfiction films 
Roles: Author, Editor, Arranger, Performer, Conductor, Author of introduction, Other, Composer, Speaker
Classifications: N6538.N5, 759.13
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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 )

28 editions published between 1988 and 2002 in English and Spanish and held by 1,852 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 )

13 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 1,302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rhapsodies in Black takes a fresh look at the Harlem Renaissance, contesting narrow interpretations of it as an isolated phenomenon confined to artists of color inhabiting a few square miles of Manhattan and, instead, recognizing it as a historical moment of global significance, with connections to Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, and other parts of the United States, in particular Chicago and the Deep South. Like jazz musicians, the artists of the Harlem Renaissance era traveled and interacted, and their art was cosmopolitan, inspired by European modernism as well as the cultural and artistic groundswell of black America
Black art : a cultural history by Richard J Powell( Book )

18 editions published between 2002 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,167 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 this revised edition, new artists and video art
To conserve a legacy : American art from historically Black colleges and universities by Richard J Powell( Book )

11 editions published in 1999 in English and Spanish and held by 918 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 artists, 1880-1987 : selections from the Evans-Tibbs Collection by Guy C McElroy( Book )

6 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 906 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Three essays in this companion volume to a traveling exhibition trace the artistic and political forces shaping African-American art of the last century. McElroy, guest curator at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., explores the years 1880-1920; however, his dry, formalistic analyses of various works do not address what their makers might have had in common aside from race. Fortunately, Powell, program director for the Washington D.C. Project for the Arts, and Patton, chief curator of Harlem's Studio Museum, who respectively cover the periods 1920-1950 and 1950-1987, relate the pieces in the collection to one another, placing them in a socio-historical context. Color reproductions of 75 works are well integrated and commendably diverse, and include art by Elizabeth Catlett, whose subjects address societal inequities, and by Charles Alston, who in the 1930s led the influential Harlem Art Workshop and who was equally adept at figurative and abstract representation. Prints, etchings such as those of Henry O. Tanner, whose works are marked by religious themes, and the folk art of Bill Traylor, who at 85 began to draw on cardboard scraps, complement the oil paintings depicted here." -- Publishers Weekly
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 855 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
Homecoming : the art and life of William H. Johnson by Richard J Powell( Book )

11 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 826 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This distinctive volume focuses on the memorable paintings of noted African American modernist William Henry Johnson. Born and raised in a segregated South Carolina town, Johnson (1901-1970) became an expatriate experimental painter in Paris, then Scandinavia. As an African American working in Europe, he drew on primitivism and his travels in North Africa, exploring styles ranging from Northern European expressionism to boldly colorful narratives. Returning to New York in 1938 with his Danish wife, Johnson captured the edginess of city life in bluesy, nervous paintings. Johnson was ultimately struck with a debilitating mental illness that confined him to a state hospital for the rest of his life, virtually removing his work from the American Art scene. This book resurrects the story of one of America's most original artist
I tell my heart : the art of Horace Pippin by Judith E Stein( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 636 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A profile of Horace Pippin, a leading African American artist of the twentieth century
Cutting a figure : fashioning Black portraiture by Richard J Powell( Book )

6 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 426 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."--Jacket
Circle dance : the art of John T. Scott by Richard J Powell( Book )

3 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 368 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
The art of Romare Bearden( Visual )

2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 349 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 )

4 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 322 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
Jacob Lawrence by Richard J Powell( Book )

3 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Briefly describes Lawrence's life and career, shows thirteen of his major paintings, and includes comments on their composition
Archibald Motley : jazz age modernist by Archibald John Motley( Book )

5 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 271 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 248 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 239 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 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

2 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Back to black : art, cinema & the racial imaginary by Richard J Powell( Book )

7 editions published in 2005 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 158 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
The Life and art of William H. Johnson( Visual )

2 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses Johnson and his work, and what it meant to be a black artist in the first half of this century
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Black art and culture in the 20th century
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
Alternative Names
Powell, Rick.

Powell, Rick 1953-