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Bob Thompson: This House Is Mine (Hardcover)

By Diana K. Tuite (Editor), Kraig Blue (Contributions by), Adrienne L. Childs (Contributions by), Bridget R. Cooks (Contributions by), Robert Cozzolino (Contributions by), Crystal N. Feimster (Contributions by), Jacqueline Francis (Contributions by), Rashid Johnson (Contributions by), Adjoa Jones de Almeida (Contributions by), Monica Marino (Contributions by), George Nelson Preston (Contributions by), Lowery Stokes Sims (Contributions by), A. B. Spellman (Contributions by), Henry Taylor (Contributions by)
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A rich reconsideration of a short-lived but visionary voice in twentieth-century American painting and his enduring relevance

Bob Thompson (1937–1966) came to critical acclaim in the late 1950s for paintings of unparalleled figurative complexity and chromatic intensity. Thompson drew upon the Western art-historical canon to formulate a highly personal, expressive language. Tracing the African American artist’s prolific, yet tragically brief, transatlantic career, this volume examines Thompson’s outlier status and pays close attention to his sustained engagements with themes of community, visibility, and justice. As the contributors contextualize the artist’s ambitions and his unique creative process, they reposition Thompson as a predecessor to contemporary artists such as Kerry James Marshall and Kehinde Wiley. Featuring an array of artwork, and never-before-published poems and archival materials, this study situates Thompson’s extraordinary output within ongoing dialogues about the politics of representation. 

About the Author

Diana Tuite is the Katz Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Colby College Museum of Art. 

Product Details
ISBN: 9780300253368
ISBN-10: 0300253362
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication Date: August 31st, 2021
Pages: 216
Language: English