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Making race : modernism and "racial art" in America, Jacqueline Francis

Label
Making race : modernism and "racial art" in America
Title
Making race
Title remainder
modernism and "racial art" in America
Statement of responsibility
Jacqueline Francis
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Malvin Gray Johnson, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, and Max Weber were three New York City artists whose work was popularly assigned to the category of "racial art" in the interwar years of the twentieth century. The term was widely used by critics and the public at the time, and was an unexamined, unquestioned category for the work of non-whites (such as Johnson, an African American), non-Westerners (such as Kuniyoshi, a Japanese-born American), and ethnicized non-Christians (such as Weber, a Russian-born Jewish American). The discourse on racial art is a troubling chapter in the history of early American modernism that has not, until now, been sufficiently documented. Jacqueline Francis juxtaposes the work of these three artists in order to consider their understanding of the category and their stylistic responses to the expectations created by it, in the process revealing much about the nature of modernist art practices. Most American audiences in the interwar period disapproved of figural abstraction and held modernist painting in contempt, yet the critics who first expressed appreciation for Johnson, Kuniyoshi, and Weber praised their bright palettes and energetic pictures--and expected to find the residue of the minority artist's heritage in the work itself. Francis explores the flowering of racial art rhetoric in criticism and history published in the 1920s and 1930s, and analyzes its underlying presence in contemporary discussions of artists of color. Making Race is a history of a past phenomenon which has ramifications for the present. Jacqueline Francis is a senior lecturer at the California College of the Arts"--Provided by publisher
  • "A comparative history of New York expressionist painters Malvin Gray Johnson (1896-1934), Yasuo Kuniyoshi (1893-1953), and Max Weber (1881-1961)"--Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
759.13
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
ND212.5.M63
LC item number
F73 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Making race : modernism and "racial art" in America, Jacqueline Francis
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"A McLellan book"--T.p
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xiv, 250 p.
Isbn
9780295991450
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2011017782
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
ill. (some col.)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn713189786
  • UtOrBLW
  • (OCoLC)ocn793788493
Label
Making race : modernism and "racial art" in America, Jacqueline Francis
Publication
Note
"A McLellan book"--T.p
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xiv, 250 p.
Isbn
9780295991450
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2011017782
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
ill. (some col.)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn713189786
  • UtOrBLW
  • (OCoLC)ocn793788493

Library Locations

    • Harold B. Lee Library Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, 84602, US
      40.249156 -111.649242
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