Art Criticism: A Pan-African Point of View by Keith Morrison

“Are there ideas native to Black artists that critics overlook? The question has been asked many times before but the answers have not led to change that the overwhelming number of Black artists would consider to be even remotely satisfactory. The shortage of published criticism of the works of Black artists would lead to the assumption that there are no art ideas—no aesthetic tradition characteristic of Black people and that therefore, that which is commonly known and written about a handful of Black artists is all that needs to be known. Because of the assumed absence of a Black art character, most critics have felt free to judge Black artists, according to the traditions of American-European art criticism…” Read more »

New Art Examiner, 1978
Scheduled for reprint in: “30 years of the New Art Examiner,” Northern Illinois University, 2011 (NEA)