Black American Portraits
Spanning over two centuries, from around 1800 to the present day, Black American Portraits chronicles how Black Americans have used portraiture to envision themselves in their own eyes. Remembering Two Centuries of Black American Art, curated by David C. Driskell at LACMA 45 years ago, this book is a companion to the exhibition of the same name that reframes portraiture to center Black American subjects, sitters, and spaces.
Approximately 140 works from LACMA’s permanent collection highlight emancipation, scenes from the Harlem Renaissance, portraits from the Civil Rights and Black Power eras, the multiculturalism of the 1990s, and the spirit of Black Lives Matter.
Countering a visual culture that often demonizes Blackness and fetishizes the spectacle of Black pain, these images center on love, abundance, family, community, and exuberance. Black American Portraits depict Black figures in various mediums such as painting, drawing, prints, photography, sculpture, mixed media, and time-based media. In addition to work by artists of African descent, Black American Portraits includes works by artists of other backgrounds who have exemplified a thoughtfulness about, sensitivity toward, and commitment to Black artists, communities, histories, and subjects.
Artists include Alvin Baltrop, Edward Biberman, Bisa Butler, Jordan Casteel, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Bruce Davidson, Stan Douglas, rafa esparza, Shepard Fairey, Charles Gaines, Sargent Claude Johnson, Deana Lawson, Kerry James Marshall, Alice Neel, Lorraine O'Grady, Catherine Opie, Amy Sherald, Ming Smith, Henry Taylor, Tourmaline, Mickalene Thomas, James Van Der Zee, Carrie Mae Weems, Charles White, Kehinde Wiley and Deborah Willis.
- Size: 9 x 12 inches
- 224 pgs (222 color)
- Published November 2022