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This comprehensive monograph examines the work of Alma Thomas, an important artist in the Color Field movement and a pioneer among African-American artists working in abstraction. Alma Thomas started her painting career at the age of 68, after retiring from teaching art to junior high school students in Washington, DC. At the age of 80, Thomas s exuberantly colored abstractions were exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, where she was the first black female artist to be given a solo show. Filled with vibrant illustrations, this stunning volume traces Thomas s development as an artist: her transition from figuration to abstraction, her fascination with the natural world and space exploration, and the mesmerizing mosaic-like paintings she completed before her death. New writings focus on different themes in Thomas s work, and the book includes specially commissioned responses by leading artists Leslie Hewitt, Jennie C. Jones, Leslie Wayne, and Saya Woolfalk. Together these bring Thomas s work to a new generation of readers. As the work of many African-American abstractionists is only recently coming into the spotlight, this important book on Alma Thomas profiles a truly pioneering figure.
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"Alma Thomas's story has an aura of art-world legend: a middle-school teacher dedicates herself to painting after she retires at 69 and becomes the first African-American woman to have a solo exhibition at the Whitney. Her work oscillates off the pages."-The New York Times About the Author:
IAN BERRY is the Dayton Director of the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College. LAUREN HAYNES is Associate Curator, Permanent Collection at The Studio Museum in Harlem. BRIDGET R. COOKS is Associate Professor in the School of Humanities at the University of California, Irvine. THELMA GOLDEN is Director and Chief Curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem. NIKKI A. GREENE is Assistant Professor of Art at Wellesley College. LESLIE HEWITT is an artist based in New York. JENNIE C. JONES is an artist based in Brooklyn. LESLIE WAYNE is an artist based in New York. SAYA WOOLFALK is an artist based in New York.
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Book Description Prestel, 2016. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Very Good Condition and Unread! Text is clean and unmarked! Shelf wear to cover from storage, bruise/light scratches. Has a red dot on bottom/exterior edge of pages. Seller Inventory # PS-HC-VG-M-3791355716
Book Description The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Francis Young Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College & Prestel Publishing, New York & Saratoga Springs, NY, 2016. Cloth with Pastedown. Condition: Fine. First Edition. 256pp, profusely illustrated in color and b&w. With an exhibition checklist. This is the comprehensive hardbound catalogue published in conjunction with posthumous 2016 retrospective of the work of African-American abstract artist Alma Thomas that traveled from the Studio Museum in Harlem to The Francis Young Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College. "Filled with vibrant illustrations, this stunning volume traces Thomas s development as an artist and includes new writings by Bridget R. Cooks, Thelma Golden, Nikki A. Greene and Lauren Haynes, as well as specially commissioned responses by leading artists Leslie Hewitt, Jennie C. Jones, Leslie Wayne, and Saya Woolfalk. As the work of many African-American abstractionists is only recently coming into the spotlight, this important book on Alma Thomas profiles a truly pioneering figure." A brand new, most handsome example of this quickly unavailable document - the most comprehensive monograph on the artist to date - still in the publisher's shrinkwrap. Artist Monograph. Seller Inventory # 026607
Book Description Prestel, 2016. Condition: Good. A+ Customer service! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Book is in Used-Good condition. Pages and cover are clean and intact. Used items may not include supplementary materials such as CDs or access codes. May show signs of minor shelf wear and contain limited notes and highlighting. Seller Inventory # 3791355716-2-4