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Exhibition catalog examines race, gender through tapestries

Emma Amos: Color Odyssey accompanies the exhibition of the same name, on view at the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia through April 25, 2021, before traveling to the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute from June 19 to Sept. 12, 2021, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art from Oct. 9, 2021, to Jan. 2, 2022.

Atlanta native Emma Amos was a distinguished painter and printmaker. Best known for her bold, colorful mixed-media paintings, she creates visual tapestries and uses them to examine the intersection of race, class, gender and privilege in both the art world and society at large. Her large-scale canvases often incorporate African fabrics and semiautobiographical content drawn from her personal journey as an artist, her interest in art and history icons and her sometimes tenuous engagement with these themes as a woman of color. Amos’ work challenges the norms of Western art tradition with her signature narrative painting style, characterized by an expressive use of color.

This exhibition catalog, published by the Georgia Museum of Art, includes essays by Shawnya Harris, Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Curator of African American and African Diasporic Art at the Georgia Museum of Art, the curator of the exhibition and the editor of the catalog; Lisa Farrington of Howard University; artist LaToya Ruby Frazier; Laurel Garber, Park Family Assistant Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; artist Kay Walkingstick; and Phoebe Wolfskill, associate professor in the departments of American studies and African American and African diaspora studies at Indiana University.

Emma Amos: Color Odyssey includes about 60 works from throughout Amos’ career, reflecting her experiences as a painter, printmaker and weaver.

The catalog, published by the Georgia Museum of Art, is $40.