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Expanding Tradition: Selections from the Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Collection

This catalogue accompanies the exhibition of the same name, on view at the Georgia Museum of Art January 28 – May 7, 2017. It showcases 58 works in Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson’s collection of art by African Americans, with full page color images of each work in the exhibition. Dr. Shawnya L. Harris contributes an overview of the Thompsons’ commitment to art collecting and discusses the shifting artistic and political landscape for African American artists found in their collection. Artists featured include Amalia Amaki, Kara Walker, Benny Andrews, Elizabeth Catlett, Hale Woodruff, Charles Ethan Porter, Norman Lewis, Stefanie Jackson, Bob Blackburn, Archibald Motley, Howardena Pindell, and Mildred Thompson. The book also includes essays by David C. Driskell and Brenda Thompson, a foreword by director William U. Eiland and artists’ biographies.

Hardcover; 168 pp.; $40
ISBN: 978-0-915977-99-4
Published: January 2017

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Black Belt Color: Photographs by Jerry Siegel

"Black Belt Color: Photographs by Jerry Siegel" represents a project that started decades ago. Born and raised in Selma, Alabama, photographer Jerry Siegel has spent years documenting his hometown and the surrounding area. More than 60 color photographs, including seven fold-out panoramas, set forth the unique cultural landscape of that area, known as the Black Belt. William U. Eiland, director of the Georgia Museum of Art and a fellow native of the region, writes, “These photographs speak of deep attachment, of reasoned critique, of the vagaries of memory. . . . He has stories to tell, a time and place to document and plenty of territory to cover in doing so. He does so with color and light and structure in photographs that are as evocative as they are subtle.” "Black Belt Color" includes an essay by Eiland, a short essay by the late Mary Ward Brown and an interview with Siegel, as well as the images.

Hardcover; 123 pp.; $30
ISBN: 978-1-946657-00-8
Published: May 2017

Modern Living: Giò Ponti and the Twentieth-Century Aesthetics of Design

"Modern Living: Giò Ponti and the Twentieth-Century Aesthetics of Design" accompanies the exhibition of the same name, on view at the Georgia Museum of Art June 10 – September 17, 2017. Authord by Perri Lee Roberts, University of Miami, who also served as guest curator of the exhibition, it examines the Italian architect and designer's work from the 1920s to the 1950s. It illustrates every object in the exhibition, from Ponti's early work designing Richard-Ginori ceramics to his collaborations with Paolo De Poli and Piero Fornasetti on furniture and decor. In addition, the Ponti Archives supplied many vintage photographs and sketches for the publication. Roberts builds a case for Ponti as a modern renaissance man, who drew on the past at the same time that he pushed for modern manufacturing and always believed in design that balanced equilibrium, harmony, clarity and beauty.

Hardcover; 128 pp.; $50
ISBN: 978-1-946657-01-5
Published: June 2017