I learned about alot of things in art school. The Renaissance. The Baroque period. Mid-20th Century Typography. Neo-Classicism and Post Modernism. But the classes that I cherished were the ones that gave me a clearer insight into Black Art. I made it my purpose to indulge in whatever I could — Black women artists, Haitian Art, African-American art. Because with all of my classical training, I felt that there was a critical piece missing.
Dr. Lisa Farrington, renowned art historian, was one of my professors who put a spotlight on these artists, and I am thankful for that. Amongst many of her contributions and must-reads, is her own book, Creating Their Own Image: The History of African-American Women Artists. It’s a definite “You Should” if you want to build a solid foundation of Black women art.
Here is Dr. Farrington discussing Black women artists:
You can purchase the book here.