Whitfield Lovell: Kin

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Introduction by Irving Sandler

Contributions by Sarah Lewis, Klaus Ottmann, Elsa Smithgall, and Julie L McGee

Accompanying a major exhibition, this book provides a comprehensive look the artist Whitfield Lovell, a 2007 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship Award recipient, and his ongoing exploration of the African-American experience.

Whitfield Lovell: Kin centers on a sumptuously reproduced portfolio of the artist’s Kin series, in which his Conté crayon images of anonymous African-Americans from between the Emancipation Proclamation and the Civil Rights Movement are paired with found objects evoking their personalities and experiences. Tangible presences that powerfully connect with the viewer, Lovell’s works invoke issues of cultural heritage and personal identity as they imaginatively reflect the lives of forgotten Americans. Also included are the artist’s large-scale installations and works from the 1990s until the present.

Hardcover, 224 pages

Dimensions: 10.25 x 12.25 x 0.9 inches

About The Authors:
Irving Sandler is an art critic, writer, professor, and the author of the memoir Swept Up by Art.

Sarah Lewis is Assistant Professor of History of Art and Architecture and African and African American Studies, Harvard University.

Kevin Quashie is Professor of Africana Studies, Smith College. Klaus Ottmann is Deputy Director for Curatorial and Academic Affairs and Elsa Smithgall is Curator, both of the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. 

Julie L. McGee is Curator of African American Art, University Museums, University of Delaware.