Aesthetic of the Cool
Afro-Atlantic Art and Music
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Aesthetic of the Cool by Robert Farris Thompson
Book DescriptionYale professor Robert Farris Thompson is a living legend. He started writing about the African heritage in the art and music of the Americas when no one recognized the continuities, when African-American studies did not exist and the Civil Rights Movement still met with violent opposition. This book presents the best of the essays on Afro- Atlantic art and music that Thompson wrote from 1963 to 2006. Edited for this publication, they offer a riveting guide to Afro-Atlantic culture, from the tango to James Hampton's glittering Throne of the Third Heaven.One significant piece on David Hammons, a leading figure in contemporary art, appears here for the first time. Among a staggering array of topics, other essays consider bus painting in Haiti; Jean-Michel Basquiat's love of jazz; hip-hop; Cuban Kongo altars and the art of Jose Bedia; Betye Saar and vodun; Renee Stout, healing, and the nkisi-charm; Keith Haring, the dancer; American yard art and bottle trees; Umbanda altars; and the ethos transmitted in the aesthetic of the 'cool'. Many of the color illustrations reproduce Thompson's photographs of dance, altars, and lost masterpieces of yardart.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781934772959
(230mm x 250mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Periscope Publishing
Publisher: Periscope Publishing
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2010
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Robert Farris Thompson
Jean Michel Basquiat, Hardback (April 2015)
A catalog of 58 of Basquiat's later paintings and drawings first exhibited at Gagosian New York in fall 2013; including 6-large format paintings presented in 32 inch gatefolds
Basquiat and the Bayou, Hardback (October 2014)
This collection of paintings by the celebrated artist Jean-Michel Basquiat focuses on the deep psychological and spiritual terrain of the American South.
Keith Haring, Hardback (August 2014)
Exuberant, profane, witty, and provocative, the images in this book reveal the political dimension of Keith Haring's artistic concerns.
Joan Myers Brown & the Audacious Hope of the Black Ballerina, Paperback (January 2012)» View all books by Robert Farris Thompson
Founder of the Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILADANCO) and the Philadelphia School of Dance Arts, Joan Myers Brown's personal and professional histories reflect the hardships as well as the advances of African-Americans in the artistic and social developments of the second half of the twentieth and the early twenty-first centuries.
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Author Biography - Robert Farris Thompson
ROBERT FARRIS THOMPSON is Colonel John Trumbull Professor and Master of Timothy Dwight College, Yale University. LOWERY STOKES SIMS is curator at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York.
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