Art on My Mind: Visual Politics

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A response to the dearth of critical writing by African Americans, this book represents hooks' response to the dialogues about producing, exhibiting and criticizing art that characterize an art world obsessed with identity politics. The author positions her critiques of art and visual politics within the question of how art can be an empowering and revolutionary force within the black community.
Review Citations:
  • Booklist 06/01/1995 pg. 1715 (EAN 9781565842632, Paperback)
  • Publishers Weekly 06/26/1995 pg. 104 (EAN 9781565842632, Paperback) - *Starred Review
  • Kirkus Reviews 04/15/1995 pg. 534 (EAN 9781565842632, Paperback)
  • New York Times 09/17/1995 pg. 25 (EAN 9781565842632, Paperback)

Contributor Bio:  Hooks, Bell

bell hooks is Distinguished Professor in Residence in Appalachian Studies at Berea College. Born Gloria Jean Watkins in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, she has chosen the lower case pen name bell hooks, based on the names of her mother and grandmother, to emphasize the importance of the substance of her writing as opposed to who she is. A writer and critic, hooks is the author of more than thirty books, many of which have focused on issues of social class, race, and gender. Among her many books are the feminist classic Ain't I a Woman, the dialogue Breaking Bread (with Cornel West), the children's book Happy to Be Nappy, the memoir Bone Black, and Art on My Mind: Visual Politics (The New Press). She lives in Berea, Kentucky.