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Collection shows first illustrated survey of significant contemporary African American art

Through an examination of paintings, drawings, sculptures, installation, digital and performance art, Celeste-Marie Bernier celebrates 25 Black artists living and working over the last three decades.

“Battleground” is the first illustrated history of contemporary African American art and discusses artists’ work, practices and philosophies as expressed through their own words. Bernier’s research provides material-published interviews, artist statements and autobiographical essays to provide an intellectual and cultural foundation in the African American artists movement from 1990 to the present.

The artists include Emma Amos, Radcliffe Bailey, Mary Lee Bendolph, Chakaia Booker, Beverly Buchanan, Willie Cole, Leonardo Drew, Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller, Myra Greene, Lyle Ashton Harris, Ronald Lockett, Whitfield Lovell, Kerry James Marshall, Lorraine O’Grady, Jefferson Pinder, Debra Priestly, Winfred Rembert, Nellie Mae Rowe, Alison Saar, Dread Scott, Clarissa T. Sligh, LaShawnda Crowe Storm, Mickalene Thomas, Nari Ward and Pat Ward Williams.