- Contemporary African American ArtThe District of Columbia & Maryland
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We are now able to look at contemporary art in all its facets . . . recapturing those who were recessed as well as those artists now emerging onto the scene. It is a wonderful moment to take stock of the remarkable breadth of contemporary African American and [other] African-Diasporic art in all its nuance.—Valerie Cassel Oliver
In its variety of content, concerns, forms, materialities, etc., the visual art collected here is intended to introduce our readers to the visual art now being created in the DC-MD area, where the NMAAHC, a major American institution, is on the verge of unveiling itself as repository and caretaking monument to the triumph of African Americans—their lives and history and their culture, of which visual art is an integral component. Notes introducing each visual artist are comprised of brief biographical sketches, artist statements, and the artists’ comments on their practices and productions. Readers of this issue of Callaloo • Art will also discover portfolios containing full-color reprints that serve as representative samples of each of the artists’ artworks. Our aim here is to provide our readers with a cross section of the various kinds of work that contemporary artists of the DC-MD area are currently creating.
Contemporary visual art, like other kinds of art currently being...