Publisher description for The Harmon and Harriet Kelley Collection of African American art : exhibition / organized by Douglas K.S. Hyland ; essays by Gylbert Coker and Corrine Jennings.


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Counter African American art is reaching a wider audience today than ever before, as major exhibitions tour museums around the country. Inspired by the exhibit Hidden Heritage: Afro-American Art, 1800-1950, Harmon and Harriet Kelley began collecting African American art in 1987 and have amassed a collection that represents a broad range of genres and artists from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Profusely illustrated with color and black-and-white plates, this catalog accompanies a traveling exhibition of the Kelley collection, comprised of 124 works by 70 artists, including Edward M. Bannister, Elizabeth Catlett, William H. Johnson, Emma Lee Moss, Charles E. Porter, Henry O. Tanner, and Dox Thrash. Essays on "Nineteenth-Century African American Art," "Twentieth-Century Artists," and "American Art and the Black Folk Artist" build an illuminating context for the works, restoring them to their rightful places in the history of American art.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: African American art 19th century Exhibitions, African American art 20th century Exhibitions, Kelley, Harmon Art collections Exhibitions, Kelley, Harriet Art collections Exhibitions, Art Private collections United States Exhibitions