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Author Johnson, William H., 1901-1970.

Title William H. Johnson : an American modern / essays by Richard J. Powell ... [et al.] ; an interview with David C. Driskell ; edited by Teresa G. Gionis.

Imprint Washington, D.C. : Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) ; Baltimore, Md. : James E. Lewis Museum of Art, Morgan State University ; Seattle [Wash.] : In association with University of Washington Press, c2011.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction    759.13 Johnson,W JOH    Available
Description 118 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 26 cm.
Series Jacob Lawrence series on American artists
Jacob Lawrence series on American artists.
Note Published on the occasion of the exhibition organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and Morgan State University, opening September 2011.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Preserving a legacy: Johnson and historically black colleges and universities / David C. Driskell -- Trembling vistas, primal youth: William H. Johnson's painterly expressionism, 1927-1935 / Richard J. Powell -- Johnson and the semiotics of landscape and still life / Lowery Stokes Sims -- Rural rituals and urban realities: the otherworldly universe of William H. Johnson / Leslie King-Hammond -- Creating church: William H. Johnson revisions the narratives of the Bible / Leslie King-Hammond -- Devotion and disrepute / William H. Johnson's Florence, South Carolina, paintings, circa 1944 / Richard J. Powell -- Black thou art-- black thou ain't: Johnson, identity and the linguistic turn / Aaron Bryant.
Summary "An essential figure in modern American art, William H. Johnson (1901-1970) was a virtuoso skilled in various media and techniques, who produced thousands of works over a career that spanned decades, continents, and genres. This volume considers paintings from the collection of Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, that show the pivotal stages in Johnson's career as a modernist painter of post-impressionist and expressionist works reminiscent of Cezanne, Van Gogh, and Soutine, and the vernacular paintings in which he articulates his specific, unforgettable voice as an artist. In this lavishly illustrated book, some of the world's premier scholars of William H. Johnson and African American art history examine the artist and his artistic genius in fresh new ways, including his relationship with one of his earliest patrons, the Harmon Foundation; the critical role played by scholars at the nation's historically black colleges and universities; the context of Johnson's experiences living in Harlem and his deep southern roots; and Johnson as a trailblazer in the genres of still life and landscape painting."--Publisher's website.
Subject Johnson, William H., 1901-1970 -- Exhibitions.
Johnson, William H., 1901-1970 -- Criticism and interpretation.
James E. Lewis Museum of Art -- Exhibitions.
Painting -- Maryland -- Baltimore -- Exhibitions.
Added Author Powell, Richard J., 1953-
Driskell, David C.
Gionis, Teresa G.
Smithsonian Institution. Traveling Exhibition Service.
James E. Lewis Museum of Art.
Morgan State University.
ISBN 9780295991481 (pbk.)
0295991488 (pbk.)

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