Recent / Forthcoming Publications: African American Art Titles 02/20/13
Recent / Forthcoming Publications: African American Art Titles 09/30/12
Black Art Project 1
After having a number of conversations with African American artists, it is becoming more evident that many are having problems determining, where their work fits in the traditionally defined art movements, styles, and aesthetics. This list is my beginning exploration into the world of art movements, styles, aesthetics, and other art related "isms." What are the existing movements and trends? How are they defined within aesthetic parameters, etc.? Although the broad term of the "Harlem Renaissance" is easily found in many of the traditional texts, such is not the case for African American visual "art-specific" collectives, such as SPIRAL or AfriCOBRA. What other African American collectives and movements have been overlooked in traditional or even non-traditional texts? Have movements been loosely developed and even nurtured within the historical black colleges and universities? Are black artists individually or collectively creating their own "isms" to define their work?
In a recent interview for the exhibition, Color Exploration, featuring McArthur Binion (University of Maryland University College), Binion states: "The movement where art historians would classify my work would be abstract expressionism. However, I don't think that is the movement for me. For me, the movement has not been named." Perhaps, Binion has found a home in his self-described "Simplicism," a term that he coined and clearly defined over twenty years ago. Claudia "Aziza" Gibson-Hunter, a Washington, DC based artist, is in the process of discovery and exploration as it relates to defining that specialized vocabulary or descriptive terminology that accurately describes her as a contemporary African American artists. These are simply two examples, other artists are on their own path of discovery to determine where their art is best classified.
Art movements and art forms are key to understanding art, and this selective list of titles provide an overview to understanding movements, forms, and critical terms.