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1971: A Year in the Life of Color

Darby English


This book explores the year 1971, when two exhibitions opened that brought modernist painting and sculpture into the burning heart of United States cultural politics: Contemporary Black Artists in America, at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and The DeLuxe Show, a racially integrated abstract art exhibition presented in a renovated movie theater in a Houston ghetto. The book looks at many black artists' desire to gain freedom from overt racial representation, as well as their efforts—and those of their advocates—to further that aim through public exhibition. Amid calls to define a “black ae ... More

Keywords: 1971, modernist painting, modernist sculpture, abstract art, black artists, racial representation, modern art, contemporary artists, black modernists, interracial collaboration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226131054
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226274737.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Darby English, author
University of Chicago