Common Wealth: Art by African Americans in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


“Greene Street,” a 1940 painting by Beauford Delaney (1901-1979) covers this important volume of 20th and 21st century art. The image-rich documentation of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston’s collection of African American art, acquired over the past four decades, includes detailed descriptions of each of the works featured. Presented in sections such as “Landscape and Place,” “Men,” “Women,” “Family and Community,” “Street Life,” “Spirituality,” “Masks and Symbols,” and “Abstraction,” the collection spans a range of mediums by artists from the United States, South America and the Caribbean, including Edward M. Bannister, Dawoud Bey, Eldzier Cortor, Aaron Douglas, Robert S. Duncanson, Richard Hunt, Jacob Lawrence, Al Loving, Kerry James Marshall, Harriet Powers, Joyce J. Scott, Lorna Simpson, Mickalene Thomas and Carrie Mae Weems, among many, many others.

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