New book edited by art historian Eddie Chambers unsettles the status quo role and nature of African American art history

Edited by The University of Texas at Austin Art History Professor Eddie Chambers, The Routledge Companion to African American Art History, assembles divergent African American art history-related narratives, considerations and investigations into one volume while questioning and unsettling presumptions and assumptions that come along with the category of African American Art. Notable contributions include essays from Richard Hylton, Celeste-Marie Bernier, Uri McMillan, Allan Edmunds, Derek Conrad Murray, and many more.

An extensive anthology, this companion divides its subject into four sections. The first three sections, inclusive of 10 essays, examine how African American art has been constructed over the course of a century of published scholarship, how African American art is and has been taught and researched in academia, and how African American art has been reflected in art galleries and museums. The final section opens up understandings of what we mean when we speak of African American art.

The Routledge Companion to African American Art History is set to publish in November 2019.

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