David C Driskell

A World Made of Memories, History, and Art

David C Driskell

A World Made of Memories, History, and Art

Date

2015

Edition Size

30

Media

Inkjet, Linocut print

Binding

Triptych

Dimensions

12 × 12 × 1 in

Pages

6

Printer

Jase Clark, Curlee R. Holton and MaryAnn L. Miller

$ 8,800.00

Out of Print


An exceptionally rare and exhilarating introduction to the work of acclaimed African American artist and curator David C. Driskell featuring 3 original linocuts created for this publication by Driskell, framed by lush inkjet reproductions from some of Driskell’s paintings and excerpts from an intimate interview regarding his life with Ananda Holton.
 
Conceived by Glee Holton, and printed by Jase Clark, Curlee R. Holton and MaryAnn L. Miller at Raven Prints Fine Editions in Easton, PA, the book unfolds as a triptych with the linocut prints tucked into pockets formed by the inkjet prints.
 
Driskell is an important figure in the world of African American arts, known as one of the first advocates for and a leading expert and collector in the field of contemporary African American visual artists. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Driskell. Driskell died from the Covid 19 Coronavirus in April of 2020, another tragedy for the Black American community (which has and continues to be catastrophically impacted by the Covid 19 virus and the issues of medical racism that surround the disease in the USA) and the art world.
 
During his seven-decade career as an art historian and curator, Driskell made contributions that are considered foundational to the field of African American Art. He curated over 35 exhibitions of work by black artists, including Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, and Elizabeth Catlett. In 1976, Driskell mounted Two Centuries of Black American Art for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which was the highest-profile exhibition of its kind at a major U.S. museum, and according to ARTnews, “staked a claim for the profound and indelible contributions of black and African American art-makers since the earliest days of the country.” This landmark exhibition later traveled to the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, and the Brooklyn Museum. The exhibition featured more than 200 works by 63 artists as well as anonymous crafts workers and cemented the essential contributions of Black artists to American Visual culture.