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Four Generations: The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection of Abstract Art

The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection of Abstract Art is widely recognized as one of the most significant collections of modern and contemporary work by artists of the African diaspora and from the continent of Africa itself. Four Generations: The Joyner Giuffrida Collection of Abstract Art draws upon the collection’s unparalleled holdings to explore the critical contributions made by black artists to the evolution of visual art in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

This revised and expanded edition updates Four Generations with several new texts and nearly one hundred images of works that have been added to the collection since the initial publication of this influential and widely praised book. Lavishly illustrated and featuring important contributions by leading art historians, critics, and curators, Four Generations gives an essential overview of some of the most notable artists and movements of the past century, with an emphasis on black artists and their approaches to abstraction in its various forms. The collection includes major works by Firelei Báez, Romare Bearden, Kevin Beasley, Zander Blom, Mark Bradford, Leonardo Drew, Sam Gilliam, David Hammons, Isaac Julien, Jacob Lawrence, Norman Lewis, Glenn Ligon, Julie Mehretu, Oscar Murillo, Christina Quarles, Robin Rhode, Lorna Simpson, Shinique Smith, Alma Thomas, Kara Walker, Jack Whitten, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, and dozens of other artists, from iconic to established to emerging.

Filled with countless insights and visual treasures, Four Generations is a journey through the momentous legacy of postwar art of the African diaspora.

Edited by Courtney J. Martin. Introduction by Mary Schmidt Campbell. Text by Chris Bedford, Joost Boosland, Mark Bradford, Alexis Clark, Nicholas Cullinan, Mark Godfrey, Norman L. Kleeblatt, Katy Siegel, et al.
Published 2019
DESIGN: Miko McGinty, Rita Jules, and Claire Bidwell
FORMAT: Hardcover, 8 x 10.25 in. / 528 pgs / 350 color.
ISBN: 9781941366172
PRICE: $55.00