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Black Artists in the United States - James Denmark

Article relating to a publication, 1971
Published by: Thomas Y. Crowell Company
Year published: 1971
Number of pages: 11
ISBN: 0-690-14598-5

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Black Artists in the United States, was an essay by James Denmark, in a 1971 anthology of essays on Black Life and Culture in the United States, edited and with an introduction by Rhoda L. Goldstein as seen by men and women creating today’s revolution in the classroom, the community, and the arts. (Thomas Y. Crowell Company, 1971). The essay offered a brief and brisk-moving history of African American artists from the visual arts during the times of slavery in the United States, through to the (then) more recent expressions of the late 1960s period.

Denmark’s text reflected the popular thinking of the time that “Time and the ocean separate black people from their gifted ancestry. The dark era of the slave trade brought many people from the continent of Africa to the United States of America, separating them for centuries from their true identity and cultural heritage.” Denmark offers an upbeat assessment about the then current state of African American art, concluding his essay by stating that, “Those of us actively participating in today’s Black Arts movement are enthuiastic about the future,”

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