The Image of the Black in Western Art, Volume V: The Twentieth Century, Part 2: The Rise of Black Artists

About the Authors

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.

The Image of the Black in Western Art, Volume V: The Twentieth Century, Part 2: The Rise of Black Artists

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Edited by David Bindman and Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

In the 1960s, art patrons Dominique and Jean de Menil founded an image archive showing the ways that people of African descent have been represented in Western art from the ancient world to modern times. Highlights from the image archive, accompanied by essays written by major scholars, appeared in three large‐format volumes, consisting of one or more books, that quickly became collector’s items. A half‐century later, Harvard University Press and the Du Bois Institute are proud to have republished five of the original books and to have produced five completely new ones, extending the series into the 20th century.


The Rise of Black Artists, the second of two books on the 20th century and the final volume in The Image of the Black in Western Art, marks an essential shift in the series and focuses on representation of blacks by black artists in the West. This volume takes on important topics ranging from urban migration within the United States to globalization, to Négritude and cultural hybridity, to the modern black artist’s relationship with European aesthetic traditions and experimentation with new technologies and media. Concentrating on the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean, essays in this volume shed light on topics such as photography, jazz, the importance of political activism in the shaping of black identities, and the post-black art world.

  • Hardcover
  • 368 pages, 224 color images
  • Published: 2014

Editorial Reviews

The Image of the Black in Western Art [is] a truly epic project. . . . The series, scheduled for completion in 2014, is, so far, as eye-opening to view as it is to read and, one volume at a time, could be the answer to gift giving for several years to come.” —Holland Cotter, The New York Times

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