Battleground: African American Art, 1985-2015 (Hardcover)
Battleground is the first illustrated history of contemporary African American art. The volume offers an in-depth examination of twenty-five Black artists, discussing their artworks, practices, and philosophies, as expressed in their own words. Celeste-Marie Bernier has done extensive archival work in sources that have not been studied before, and her research provides a foundation for an intellectual and cultural history of contemporary African American artists and art movements from 1990 to the present. The wealth of quoted material--published interviews, artist statements, and autobiographical essays--should inform and inspire additional research in the years to come.Battleground examines the paintings, drawings, sculptures, and installation, digital, and performance art produced by twenty-five Black artists living and working in the United States over the last three decades. The artists studied in this book include Emma Amos, Radcliffe Bailey, Mary Lee Bendolph, Chakaia Booker, Beverly Buchanan, Willie Cole, Leonardo Drew, Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller, Myra Greene, Lyle Ashton Harris, Ronald Lockett, Whitfield Lovell, Kerry James Marshall, Lorraine O'Grady, Jefferson Pinder, Debra Priestly, Winfred Rembert, Nellie Mae Rowe, Alison Saar, Dread Scott, Clarissa T. Sligh, LaShawnda Crowe Storm, Mickalene Thomas, Nari Ward, and Pat Ward Williams.
About the Author
CELESTE-MARIE BERNIER is a professor of United States and Atlantic studies at the University of Edinburgh. Among her works are more than twenty published and forthcoming single and coauthored books, essay collections, and scholarly editions, including African American Visual Arts; Stick to the Skin; Suffering and Sunset; Characters of Blood; Visualising Slavery; Inside the Invisible; Pictures and Power; If I Survive; The Anna Murray and Fredrick Douglass Family Papers; and Douglass Family Lives. She lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.