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This new resource assembles 129 Black artists and their magnificent works, highlighting their important contributions to art worldwide. Beginning with the Brooklyn-based artists active during the Works Progress Administration years and continuing with artists approaching their prime today, the collection spans 80 years of art. From highly publicized artists to rising talent, each is tied to Brooklyn in their own way. Artists include Jacob Lawrence, Otto Neals, Onnie Millar, Kehinde Wiley, Dindga McCannon, Melvin Edwards, Dread Scott, Xenobia Bailey, Vivian Schuyler Key, Kay Brown, Russell Frederick, and many more. Seven chapters highlight overarching themes that connect the artists, besides their Brooklyn connections. A foreword by New York City's "first lady," Chirlane McCray, marks the importance of Brooklyn's Black creators within the city's art community.
About the Author
Dr. Myrah Brown Green is an art historian, lecturer, and independent curator. Her quilts are in a number of prestigious collections. For the past decade she has devoted her time to assisting artists in documenting and archivingtheir art.