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The Hearing Eye: Jazz and Blues Influences in African American Visual Art

The Hearing Eye: Jazz and Blues Influences in African American Visual Art
  

The widespread presence of jazz and blues in African American visual art has long been overlooked. 'The Hearing Eye' makes the case for recognizing the music's importance, both as formal template and as explicit subject matter.

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ISBN 9780195340518
Barcode 9780195340518
Published 30 April 2009 by Oxford University Press (S1)
Format Paperback, illustrated edition
Author(s) Edited by Lock, Graham
Edited by Murray, David
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ISBN-13 9780195340518
ISBN-10 0195340515
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced on backorder; allow 4-8 weeks
Publisher Oxford University Press (S1)
Imprint Oxford University Press Inc
Publication Date 30 April 2009
Publication Country United States United States
Format Paperback, illustrated edition
Edition illustrated edition
Author(s) Edited by Lock, Graham
Edited by Murray, David
Category History Of Art & Design Styles: From C 1900 -
Jazz
Blues music
African History
American History
Number of Pages 384
Dimensions Width: 204mm
Height: 255mm
Spine: 27mm
Weight 1,371g
Interest Age 14+ years
Reading Age 14+ years
Library of Congress African American art - 20th century, Art and music - United States - History - 20th century, Jazz in art, Blues (Music) in art, Jazz in art
NBS Text Fine Arts / Art History
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 780.07
Catalogue Code 58529

Description of this Book

The widespread presence of jazz and blues in African American visual art has long been overlooked. The Hearing Eye makes the case for recognizing the music's importance, both as formal template and as explicit subject matter. Moving on from the use of iconic musical figures and motifs in Harlem Renaissance art, this groundbreaking collection explores the more allusive - and elusive - references to jazz and blues in a wide range of mostly contemporary visual artists. There are scholarly essays on the painters Rose Piper (Graham Lock), Norman Lewis (Sara Wood), Bob Thompson (Richard H. King), Romare Bearden (Robert G. O'Meally, Johannes V:oltz) and Jean-Michel Basquiat (Robert Farris Thompson), as well an account of early blues advertising art (Paul Oliver) and a discussion of the photographs of Roy DeCarava (Richard Ings). These essays are interspersed with a series of in-depth interviews by Graham Lock, who talks to quilter Michael Cummings and painters Sam Middleton, Wadsworth Jarrell, Joe Overstreet and Ellen Banks about their musical inspirations, and also looks at art's reciprocal effect on music in conversation with saxophonists Marty Ehrlich and Jane Ira Bloom.With numerous illustrations both in the book and on its companion website, The Hearing Eye reaffirms the significance of a fascinating and dynamic aspect of African American visual art that has been too long neglected.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review highly readable Roger Thomas, Jazz UK

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Author's Bio

Graham Lock is a freelance writer, Special Lecturer in American Music, University of Nottingham, and author, Forces in Motion: Anthony Braxton and the Meta-reality of Creative Music (Quartet, 1988), Chasing the Vibration: Meetings with Creative Musicians (Stride, 1994), and Blutopia: Visions of the Future and Revisions of the Past in the Work of Sun Ra, Duke Ellington and Anthony Braxton (Duke, 1999), and editor, Mixtery: A Festschrift for Anthony Braxton (Stride, 1995). David Murray is Professor of American Studies, University of Nottingham, and author, Indian Giving: Economies of Power in Early Indian-White Exchanges (Massachusetts UP, 2000), Forked Tongues: Speech, Writing and Representation in North American Indian Texts (Indiana UP, 1992), and Matter, Magic and Spirit: Representing Indian and African American Belief (Pennsylvania UP, 2007).

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