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Title AFRICOBRA : experimental art toward a school of thought / Wadsworth Jarrell ; with a foreword by Richard Allen May III.
Author Jarrell, Wadsworth, 1929- author.
Publication Durham : Duke University Press, 2020.
Copyright date ©2020
Description xxvi, 292 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
Call # 704.942 J
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Illustrations -- Black art and the Black aesthetic -- Africobra principles and philosophy -- Foreword / Richard Allen May III -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- 1 Black in Chicago -- 2 Genesis -- 3 The Wall of Respect-- 4 The inception-- 5 A visual art proposal-- 6 First COBRA exhibition -- Recruitment -- 8 AFRICOBRA I -- 9 AFRICOBRA II -- 10 AFRICOBRA III -- Postscript / Edmund Barry Gaither -- Exhibitions -- Reviews and Media Interviews -- AFRICOBRA Art in Collections -- AFRICOBRA in Books -- Notes -- Artist Biographies.
Summary "AFRICOBRA (African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists) was a multidisciplinary collective of black artists who created socially conscious art in Chicago during the Black Arts Movement of the 1960's and 1970's. Artists Wadsworth Jarrell, Nelson Stevens, Jae Jarrell, Gerald Williams, and Napoleon Jones-Henderson produced textiles, paintings, sculpture and public art that sought to develop an aesthetic language that resonated with the black community. AFRICOBRA's abstract works convey the rhythmic dynamism of black culture and social life, while the structure of the collective offered a model of artistic practice embedded in the political realities and histories of the community. In this volume, Wadsworth Jarrell, one of the founding members of the AFRICOBRA collective, offers an account of the history of the group and its founding aesthetic and political principles. The bulk of the manuscript is selected from his archive of materials ranging from exhibition ephemera to photos that show the development of the group's art practice that collectively form a sourcebook history of the group. The sourcebook intersperses documentation of exhibitions, artworks, and the members of the collective in Chicago; documents that outline the aesthetic and political goals of the group written by its members; and writing from Jarrell that narrates the history of the collective from the point of view of its founder. The writing emphasizes the importance of the group's political principles to some of its largest projects, like the Wall of Respect, a public mural in Chicago's Black Belt neighborhood. While work by AFRICOBRA has been shown at the Brooklyn Museum, the Tate, and elsewhere, this will be the first book to present an extensive record of the group's history, practice, and principles. This book will be of interest to our readers in art, African American studies, and cultural studies"-- Provided by publisher
Subject AFRICOBRA (Group of artists)
Black Arts movement -- Illinois -- Chicago.
Ethnicity in art.
Art -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
AFRICOBRA (Group of artists) (OCoLC)fst01797332
Art -- Political aspects. (OCoLC)fst00815309
Black Arts movement. (OCoLC)fst00833583
Ethnicity in art. (OCoLC)fst00916065
Illinois -- Chicago. (OCoLC)fst01204048
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Addl. Author May, Richard Allen, writer of foreword.
Related To Online version: Jarrell, Wadsworth Aikens, 1929- AFRICOBRA. Durham : Duke University Press, 2020 9781478002246 (DLC) 2019032732
ISBN 9781478000426 (hardcover)
1478000422 (hardcover)
9781478000563 (paperback)
1478000562 (paperback)

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