Black Art Notes

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Black Art Notes,first published in 1971 and edited by artist and organizer, Tom Lloyd was a critical response to the Contemporary Black Artists in America exhibition at the Whitney Museum.This facsimile edition features writings by Lloyd, Amiri Baraka, Melvin Dixon, Jeff Donaldson, Ray Elkins, Babatunde Folayemi, and Francis and Val Gray Ward. These artists position the Black Arts Movement outside of white, Western frameworks and articulate the movement as one created by and existing for Black people. Their essays outline the racism of the art world, condemning the attempts of museums and other white cultural institutions to tokenize, whitewash, and neutralize Black art, and offer solutions through self-determination and immediate political reform.  Created to respond to a particular moment, the systemic problems that it addresses remain pervasive, making these critiques both timely and urgent.

Authors: Tom Lloyd, Amiri Baraka, Ray Elkins, Val Gray Ward

  • Paperback
  • 80 pages
  • 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
  • Published by Primary Information (December 8, 2020)
  • ISBN: 978-1734489750