new book--artists in los angeles, 1960-1980
Dr. Kellie Jones' new book, Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles, 1960-1980 is out!
"Kellie Jones is an art historian and curator deepening our understanding of contemporary art of the African Diaspora and securing its place in the canons of modern and contemporary art. Her research and curatorial practice, which span large-scale museum exhibitions with extensive catalogues as well as scholarly books and articles, have been instrumental in introducing the work of now seminal black artists (such as Martin Puryear, David Hammons, and Lorna Simpson) to wide audiences and bringing to light long-forgotten or overlooked black artists."
"In Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles, 1960–1980, she both unearthed the histories of previously unknown Los Angeles–based black artists and contextualized their work alongside West Coast artists of other racial and ethnic backgrounds."
She also won a MacArthur Fellowship in 2016!
I look forward to reading her book and comparing it to the DC art scene in the late 1960s. Want to know who's working on the art scene in DC? Check out my post on the National Gallery of Art's symposium, The African American Art World in Twentieth Century Washington, DC.