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Black Post-BlacknessThe Black Arts Movement and Twenty-First-Century Aesthetics$
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Margo Natalie Crawford

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041006

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252041006.001.0001

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The Politics of Abstraction

The Politics of Abstraction

(p.42) 2 The Politics of Abstraction
Black Post-Blackness

Margo Natalie Crawford

University of Illinois Press

The second chapter shows that the Black Arts Movement called upon abstraction as the movement hailed blackness. Crawford argues that the black abstract art of the 21st century is a direct continuation of the Black Arts Movement working of abstraction for its blackest possibilities. The paintings of the Afri-COBRA collective are as central to this chapter as the 21st century sculpture of Barbara Chase-Riboud and the 21st century paintings of Kerry James Marshall. This chapter argues that we have failed to see the connections between strategic essentialism and what Crawford names “strategic abstraction.”

Keywords:   abstraction, strategic essentialism, Afri-COBRA, sculpture, Barbara Chase-Riboud, Kerry James Marshall

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