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Shades of Black book review (art journal)

Review relating to a conference, 2007
Published by: College Art Association
Year published: 2007
Number of pages: 2

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Review of the Shades of Black book (David A. Bailey, Ian Baucom, Sonia Boyce, eds. Shades of Black: Assembling Black Arts in 1980s Britain, Durham, Duke University Press/INIVA/AAVAA) 2005). The review appeared in Art Journal (CAA) Vol. 66, no. 1, Spring 2007. The review was written by Courtney Martin. Amongst Martin’s comments, “Though Bailey, Baucom, and Boyce rarely stray from their insistence on the Britishness of Black arts, they are guilty of letting a few American-centric perspectives slip into their otherwise focussed tract… the strength of the editors’ argument rests on a simple fact: black artists influenced  British art by creating new forms and carving out an avenue for the proliferation of class identity in mainstream British art production.” Martin concludes, “Shades of Black lays the ground for more secific inquiries into each of the artists and artworks that it summarizes, whose invisibility can no longer be accepted as a given. In the end, their premis is solid, if also provocative for the work that will surely follow it.” The review appeared on pages 119/120 of the journal.


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Born, 1939 in Birmingham, England