African American Art

By Richard Powell



About Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience, Second Edition

Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience, Second Edition is edited by Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Kwame Anthony Appiah and is being published by Oxford University Press in April, 2005; 5 Volumes; 4,500 pp.; ISBN 0-19-517055-5.

Ninety years after W.E.B. Du Bois first articulated the need for "the equivalent of a black Encyclopedia Britannica," Kwame Anthony Appiah and Henry Louis Gates Jr., realized his vision by publishing Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience in 1999. This new multi-volume edition of the original work expands on the foundation provided by Africana. More than 4,000 articles cover prominent individuals, events, trends, places, political movements, art forms, business and trade, religion, ethnic groups, organizations and countries on both sides of theAtlantic.


About the Author:

Richard J Powell is John Spencer Bassett Professor in the Art and Art History Department at Duke University. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1988. His research and teaching interests lie in American art, African American art, and theories of race and representation in the African diaspora. He is also interested in the media arts and conceptualizations of the "folk" in world art and culture. His books include Homecoming: The Art and Life of William H. Johnson and Black Art: A Cultural History.


Resource Library editor's note:

The following essay was rekeyed and reprinted on February 18, 2005 in Resource Library with permission of Oxford University Press. The essay was excerpted from the book Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience, Second Edition. If you have questions or comments regarding the essay, or if you are interested in obtaining a copy of the book, please contact Oxford University Press at the following Web address:

Resource Library wishes to extend appreciation to Yolanda Carden of FSB Associates, Basking Ridge, NJ, for making available this essay for reprinting.


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