Richard J. Powell
Richard J. Powell is the John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art and Art History at Duke University.
Powell, Richard J.
Powell, Richard J.
United States of America
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Description: Going There: Black Visual Satire
In this groundbreaking study, Richard J. Powell investigates the visual forms of satire produced by black artists in 20th- and 21st-century America. Underscoring the historical use of visual satire as antiracist dissent and introspective critique, Powell argues that it has a distinctly African American lineage. Taking on some of the most controversial works of the past century—in all their complexity, humor, and provocation—Powell raises important questions about the social power of art.

Expansive in both historical reach and breadth of media presented, Going There interweaves discussions of such works as the midcentury cartoons of Ollie Harrington, the installations of Kara Walker, the paintings of Robert Colescott, and the movies of Spike Lee. Other artists featured in the book include David Hammons, Arthur Jafa, Beverly McIver, Howardena Pindell, Betye Saar, and Carrie Mae Weems. Thoroughly researched and rich in context, Going There is essential reading in the history of satire, racial politics, and contemporary art.

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Print publication date November 2020 (in print)
Print ISBN 9780300245745
EISBN 9780300259650
Illustrations 120
Print Status in print
Description: The Image of the Black in Western Art, Volume V: The Twentieth Century, Part 2: The...
Writing during the United States of Americas full court involvement in World War II, the Peabody Award-winning journalist and war correspondent Roi Ottley concluded that the African American path to “liberty and peace, and an enriched life, free from want, oppression, violence, and proscription,” was a thorny one ...
PublisherHarvard University Press
Related print edition pages: pp.53-104