Aaron Douglas: African American Modernist

In paintings, murals, and book illustrations, Aaron Douglas (1899–1979) produced the most powerful visual legacy of the Harlem Renaissance, prompting the philosopher and writer Alain Locke to dub him the “father of Black American art.” Posthumously awarded an AIGA medal in 2018, Douglas worked from a politicized concept of personal identity and a utopian vision of the future and made a lasting impact on American art history and on the nation’s cultural heritage. Profusely illustrated in color with Douglas’s paintings, prints, and graphic work, here’s an invaluable resource about a figure typically overlooked in graphic design history—until now. (Or, until this book and its exhibition came out.)
  • Editor: Susan Earle
  • Size: 9 × 10.5 inches
  • Pages: 272
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Condition: Ex-library, with stamps and stickers on first leaf, but otherwise very good. Looks like nobody ever took it out. (Fools!)
  • Publisher: Yale University Press, 2007