Homecoming: The Art and Life of William H. Johnson by Richard J. Powell (review)

Homecomings: the Art and Life of William H. Johnson by Richard J. Powell (National Museum of American Art, 1991)

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Homecoming: The Art and Life of William H. Johnson by Richard J. Powell (review)

by Jessie Poesch
Southern Cultures, Vol. 1, No. 3: Spring 1995

National Museum of American Art, 1991

The last twenty years or so have seen a growing number of substantial studies devoted to African American art, necessary since so much of this work has been virtually ignored in earlier surveys of American art. Richard Powell’s study of the life and work of William H. Johnson is one of these. It is well written, thoroughly documented, and beautifully illustrated. His interpretations of individual paintings are particularly fine.