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Homecoming: The Art and Life of William H. Johnson

Richard J. Powell; introduction by Martin Puryear

Copublished with Rizzoli
280 pp.: ill. (200 col. & b&w)
ISBN: ISBN 0-393-31127-9

Softcover, $32.50

The first comprehensive, fully illustrated monograph on this important African-American artist, Powell's book gives long-overdue attention to the life and work of William H. Johnson. Images and text trace Johnson's path from expressionism to a highly original, folk-inspired style depicting the black experience.

Reviews in Brief

"[Johnson's] works portray black experience, from the cotton patches to dance halls to city streets, in a primitive, folk-inspired style. … A benchmark in the study of black American art." — Time

"To fully understand the man, his passions, his tragedies, all that he absorbed, and all that he discarded, you have to read the deeply moving book on Johnson's life and art by Richard J. Powell." — The Washington Post