The Image of the Black in Western Art, Volume V: The Twentieth Century, Part 1: The Impact of Africa

About the Editors

David Bindman is Emeritus Professor of the History of Art at University College London.


Henry Louis Gates, Jr., is Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and the Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University.

David Bindman is Emeritus Professor of the History of Art at University College London.


Henry Louis Gates, Jr., is Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and the Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University.

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Edited by David Bindman and Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

This series, The Image of the Black in Western Art is the culmination of a research project originally instituted by the major art patron, Dominique de Menil. Her collaboration on this significant project with Harvard University Press and the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African-American ...

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This series, The Image of the Black in Western Art is the culmination of a research project originally instituted by the major art patron, Dominique de Menil. Her collaboration on this significant project with Harvard University Press and the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African-American Research is unprecedented.


The Image of the Black in Western Art, Volume V: The Twentieth Century, Part 1: The Impact of Africa


This volumn looks at changes in the Western perspective on African art and the representation of Africans, and the paradox of their interpretation as simultaneously “primitive” and “modern.” The essays include topics such as the new medium of photography, African influences on Picasso and on Josephine Baker’s impression of 1920s Paris, and the influential contribution of artists from the Caribbean and Latin American diasporas.

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  • Hardcover
  • 320 pages
  • 195 color illustrations, 25 halftones
  • 9.75 x 11 inches
  • Published: 2014


Editorial Reviews

"A fascinating story of the changing image of Africa's people in Western art. The images are simply extraordinary and the scholarship inspiring. Anyone who cares about Western art or about Africa and her diaspora ought to know these magnificent volumes." -Kwame Anthony Appiah

"In addition to being an indispensable guide to the evolving meanings of racial difference, these dazzling volumes filled with extraordinary images and rich arguments contribute to an alternative history of the Western world. An invaluable gift for both specialists and general readers." -Paul Gilroy, author of The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness