Surrealism and Us: Caribbean and African Diasporic Artists Since 1940 (Hardcover)

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Surrealism and Us: Caribbean and African Diasporic Artists Since 1940 By Maria Elena Ortiz (Editor), Marla Price (Preface by), Annette K. Joseph-Gabriel (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) Cover Image

Surrealism and Us: Caribbean and African Diasporic Artists Since 1940 (Hardcover)

By Maria Elena Ortiz (Editor), Marla Price (Preface by), Annette K. Joseph-Gabriel (Text by (Art/Photo Books))

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How modern and contemporary artists across the African and Caribbean diasporas transformed European Surrealism into a tool for Black expression

On the centennial anniversary of Andr Breton's first Surrealist Manifesto, Surrealism and Us shines new light on how Surrealism was consumed and transformed in the Caribbean and the United States. It brings together more than 50 works from the 1940s to the present that convey how Caribbean and African diasporic artists reclaimed a European avant-garde for their own purposes.
Since its inception, the Surrealist movement--and many other European art movements of the early 20th century--embraced and transformed African art, poetry and music traditions. Concurrently, artists in the Americas proposed subsets of Surrealism more closely tied to African diasporic culture. In Martinique, Aim and Suzanne C saire proposed a Caribbean Surrealism that challenged principles of order and reason and embraced African spiritualities. Meanwhile, artists in the United States such as Romare Bearden and Ted Joans engaged deeply with Surrealist ideas. These trends lasted far beyond those of their European counterparts. Indeed, the term "Afro-surrealism" was created by poet Amiri Baraka in 1974; today the movement still flourishes in tandem with Afrofuturism. The Surrealism and Us catalog is divided into three themes: "To Dare," "Invisibility" and "Super/Reality". These sections, galvanized by scholarly essays, create transnational and multi-generational connections between Black life and artistic practice over the past 100 years.
Artists include: Firelei B ez, Agustin C rdenas, Myrlande Constant, Rafael Ferrer, Ja'Tovia Gary, Hector Hyppolite, Ted Joans, Wifredo Lam, Simone Leigh, Kerry James Marshall.

Product Details ISBN: 9781636811284
ISBN-10: 1636811280
Publisher: Delmonico Books
Publication Date: April 2nd, 2024
Pages: 208
Language: English