Souls Grown Deep like the Rivers: Black Artists from the American South
A wide-ranging survey of Black art in the American South, from Thornton Dial and Nellie Mae Rowe to the quilters of Gee’s Bend
For generations, Black artists from the American South have forged a unique art tradition. Working in near isolation from established practices, they have created masterpieces in clay, driftwood, roots, soil, and recycled and cast-off objects that articulate America’s painful past—the inhuman practice of enslavement, the cruel segregationist policies of the Jim Crow era and institutionalized racism.
Their works respond to issues ranging from economic inequality, oppression and social marginalization to sexuality, the influence of place and ancestral memory.
Author(s): Maxwell L. Anderson, Paul Goodwin, Raina Lampkins-Fielder
Hardcover, Royal Academy of Arts, 2023 144 p, 7.5 × 10.25 in.
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