The David C. Driskell Series of African American Art

The David C. Driskell Series of African American Art

Volume III: Faith Ringgold ( M Ringg .F37 2004 ) Faith Ringgold is an accomplished painter, sculptor, printmaker, and an art quilter. Selected works from several of her famous series are presented, including The Flag Is Bleeding, Help: the Slave Rape Series #11, The Purple Dolt Series, Mother’s Quilt, and We Came to America.

Volume IV: Archibald J. Motley Jr. ( M Motle .M66 2004 ) Archibald J. Motley Jr. (1891–1981) devoted his prodigious and critically acclaimed career to portraying African Americans seriously rather than as caricatures, hoping that honest African American art would become accepted. Drawing on recently unearthed taped interviews; unpublished paintings and sketches; and her own interviews, Amy M. Mooney examines Motley’s work from the 1920s through the 1940s and discusses his significant contributions to the American art scene.

Volume V: Keith Morrison ( M Morri .A84 2005 ) Artist, academician, art critic, author Keith Morrison’s artistic range covers both abstraction and figuration. Jamaican born, Morrison was exposed to both traditional art and the larger global art community; in the United States he studied figure drawing, painting, and printmaking at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, basing his style of abstraction on geometric forms, music, and geography.

Volume VI: Charles Alston ( M Alsto .W37 2007 )  Charles Alston (1907–1977) helped establish the Works Progress Administration’s Harlem Art Workshop and was the first African American to be named a supervisor for the WPA’s Federal Art Project.  Alston was the first African American instructor at both the Art Students League of New York and the Museum of Modern Art and was a professor of painting at the City University of New York. Determined to assist artists who would follow in his footsteps, he cofounded Spiral, a renowned black artists’ alliance.


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