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American Expressionism, Art and Social Change, 1920-1950.

by Bram Djikstra, Abrams, May 2003 $60.00, ISBN 0-810-94231-3

AMERICAN EXPRESSIONISM REVEALS AN ENERGETIC era of American art. During the 1920s and through the end of World War II, many American artists turned to the styles of European expressionism to articulate their deepest feelings that flowed from compassion, courage, despair and hope. The bold and emotional body of artwork they produced was indeed inspired by their visions of dignity and equality just as it was by the times. The work these socially,conscious artists created emerged as one of the leading art movements in the U.S.

The artwork as a collective voice, however, had gone unexplored for decades. American Expressionism celebrates these artists, their ideals and their works. In fact, cultural historian Bram Dijkstra, author of the book, even reveals the government's attempt to quiet the work during the McCarthy era, as it was considered controversial. While several artists featured blacks in their work, the book not only presents those selections but paintings produced by several renowned African American artists, such as John Biggers, Jacob Lawrence and Charles White. The insightful and handsome catalog accompanies a national touring exhibition.
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Publication:Black Issues Book Review
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Date:Jul 1, 2003
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