The Other Side of Color: African American Art in the Collection of Camille O. and William H. Cosby, Jr

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Pomegranate, 2001 - Art - 213 pages
"The Other Side of Color" is an intimate look at a celebrity family's commitment to its culture. Firmly adhering to the belief that African American families should themselves collect and preserve their cultural history, Bill and Camille Cosby have accumulated an exceptional collection of more than three hundred representative paintings, prints, sculptures, and drawings. David C. Driskell, curator of the Cosby collection and a close friend of the Cosbys, has selected almost one hundred images from the assemblage and, through detailed yet very readable text, explores the significance of each plate.

Taking the reader from the late 1700s to today, Driskell thoroughly explains the significance of the presented works within the historic, social, and political background of the eras. Often poignant, the narratives trace the history of African American art in this country, revealing the fortitude, talents, and spirit of the artists. Among the artists whose lives and works are discussed are Henry Ossawa Tanner, Mary Edmonia Lewis, Palmer Hayden, Beauford Delaney, Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller, Augusta Savage, Horace Pippin, Ellis Ruley, Lois Mailou Jones, Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence, Robert Colescott, Faith Ringgold, Emma Amos, Keith Morrison, and Mary Lovelace O'Neal.

The Other Side of Color, with its wealth of information and visual bounty, will appeal to all lovers of art -- regardless of their color -- and students of history. It is a forceful reminder that the world of art can and should belong to every-one and a long overdue tribute to the African American men and women who struggled and endured to bring their vision to the world.


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User Review  - maloney1951 - LibraryThing

A coffee table sized book featuring the African American art collection of the Cosbys. The text by David C. Driskell,gives us history, detail and artist biographies. The plates are reproduced with excellent detail and color. Read full review

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User Review  - pre20cenbooks - LibraryThing

I apprec the biographies of the artist, glossy colored pictures of works. Well done. Great intro to Afro-American art for me. Read full review


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Cultural Emancipation and the Quest for Freedom
Edward Mitchell Bannister 18281901
Pa r t T h r e
Alma woodsey Thomas 18911978
Palmer Hayden C 18931973
William Henry Johnson 19011970
James Lesesne wells 19021993
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Robert coiescott 1925
Martin Puryear 1941
Mary Lovelace ONeal 1942
Varnette Honeywood 1950
index of Artworks

Minnie Evans 18921987

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About the author (2001)

David C. Driskell is a painter, author, leading African American art authority, recipient of ten honorary doctorates in art, noted curator, scholar, & lecturer, & an avid collector. His own paintings are in many public & private collections throughout the world. An exhibition of his personal collection has been touring museums in the United States for the past two years. He retired as distinguished University Professor of Art Emeritus from the University of Maryland, where he taught for twenty-two years.

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