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  • Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art

    Editor(s): Miranda Lash, Trevor Schoonmaker
    Pages: 276
    Illustrations: 336 color illustrations
    Sales/Territorial Rights: World
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  • "[T]he work in this wonderful catalog comes from many perspectives, often grappling with the subtexts of race, religion, class, and loss. Curators and exhibition organizers Lash and Schoonmaker have assembled a marvelous group of artists, writers, curators, pundits, and musicians to address the question of Southern identity and the Southern experience, creating a grand pastiche of visual art, writing, and music. Covering touchstones such as Andy Warhol's appropriations of civil rights documentation and the classic lightning rod of polemic imagery, the Confederate battle flag, there is plenty of grist for controversy and a deep emotional well to plumb. A powerful collection and compelling guide to an outstanding exhibition. Well done."

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  • "[T]he work in this wonderful catalog comes from many perspectives, often grappling with the subtexts of race, religion, class, and loss. Curators and exhibition organizers Lash and Schoonmaker have assembled a marvelous group of artists, writers, curators, pundits, and musicians to address the question of Southern identity and the Southern experience, creating a grand pastiche of visual art, writing, and music. Covering touchstones such as Andy Warhol's appropriations of civil rights documentation and the classic lightning rod of polemic imagery, the Confederate battle flag, there is plenty of grist for controversy and a deep emotional well to plumb. A powerful collection and compelling guide to an outstanding exhibition. Well done."

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    Featuring the work of sixty artists and including 300 illustrations, the catalog Southern Accent accompanies a major contemporary art exhibition that questions and explores the complex and contested space of the American South. This unprecedented exhibition investigates the many realities, fantasies, and myths of the South that have long captured the public’s imagination, while presenting a wide range of perspectives that create a composite portrait of southern identity through contemporary art. It looks at the South as an open-ended question and concept in itself by encompassing a broad spectrum of media and approaches, demonstrating that southernness is more of a shared sensibility than any one definable culture or style. While the exhibition includes artwork from the 1950s to the present, it primarily focuses on the past thirty-five years. With numerous contributions by artists, scholars, musicians, and poets, a music-listening library, and a timeline of scholarship on southern art, this catalog redefines the way we look at the South in contemporary art. Southern Accent will be on display at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University from September 1, 2016 to January 8, 2017 and at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, from April 29, 2017, to August 20, 2017.

    Contributors. Diego Camposeco, Mel Chin, Brittney Cooper, John T. Edge, William Fagaly, Carter Foster, Brendan Greaves, Harrison Haynes, Patterson Hood, Miranda Lash, Ada Limón, Mark Anthony Neal, Catherine Opie, Fahamu Pecou, Richard J. Powell, Tom Rankin, Dario Robleto, Trevor Schoonmaker, Bradley Sumrall, Natasha Trethewey, Kara Walker, Jeff Whetstone
     
    Selected Artists: Walter Inglis Anderson, Benny Andrews, Radcliffe Bailey, Romare Bearden, Sanford Biggers, Mel Chin, William Christenberry, Robert Colescott, William Cordova, Thorton Dial, Sam Durant, William Eggleston, Minnie Evans, Howard Finster, Theaster Gates, Jeffrey Gibson, Deborah Grant, Barkley L. Hendricks, James Herbert with R.E.M., Birney Imes, George Jenne, Deborah Luster, Kerry James Marshall, Jing Niu, Tameka Norris, Catherine Opie, Gordon Parks, Ebony G. Patterson,  Dario Robleto, Xaviera Simmons,  Jimmy Lee Sudduth, Hank Willis Thomas,  Kara Walker, Andy Warhol, Carrie Mae Weems

    About The Author(s)

    Miranda Lash is Curator of Contemporary Art at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky. She previously served as Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the New Orleans Museum of Art and is editor of Mel Chin: Rematch, Dario Robleto: The Prelives of the Blues, Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, and Skylar Fein: Youth Manifesto.
     
    Trevor Schoonmaker is Chief Curator and Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, where he has curated traveling exhibitions such as Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey and The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl. He is the Artistic Director of the Prospect New Orleans Triennial, 2017–2018, and is the editor of several books, including Fela: From West Africa to West Broadway.
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