Lines of Influence
One of Americas most distinguished artists: Jacob Lawrence, chronicler of African-American life in the 20th century
1st edition, 2019
Text in English
216 pages, 100 color and 20 b/w illustrations
24 x 30 cm
In cooperation with SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA
Jacob Lawrence (1917–2000) is among the most distinguished twentieth-century American painters, widely known for his modernist depictions of everyday life, as well as the inventive narrative technique he employed to address African American history.
Published in collaboration with the SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah, Georgia, Jacob Lawrence: Lines of Influence explores the life, work, and legacy of Lawrence not only as an artist but as an educator and chronicler of the mid-twentieth-century African American experience. It traces the interactions that shaped Lawrence’s personal and professional life and presents his work in dialogue with that of his contemporaries, mentors, and historically significant artists, such as Josef Albers, Richmond Barthé, Romare Bearden, José Clemente Orozco, George Grosz, Marsden Hartley, Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence, Horace Pippin, and Augusta Savage. And it explores Lawrence’s legacy, his own influence on contemporary artists who share similar formal and conceptual strategies and includes commissioned works by artists influenced and inspired by Lawrence, such as Derrick Adams.
With contributions by Paula S. Wallace, Walter O. Evans, Storm Janse van Rensburg, Julie Levin Caro, and an intervew with Jacob Lawrence conducted by Carroll Greene in 1968.
Storm Janse van Rensburg is a South African-born curator, working in various contexxts internationally. He is the former head curator of exhibitions at SCAD Museum of Art and contributes regularly to books, exhibition catalogues, and magazines.