Any Day Now - Toward a Black Aesthetic - Larry Neal

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Any Day Now - Toward a Black Aesthetic - Larry Neal

THE EKPHRASIS SERIES is specially dedicated to publishing out-of-print, rare, and newly commissioned texts as accessible paperback volumes.

A comprehensive and inspiring collection of essays by Larry Neal, a founder of the seminal Black Arts Movement.

"The Black Arts Movement is radically opposed to any concept of the artist that alienates him from his community. Black Art is the aesthetic and spiritual sister of the Black Power concept. As such, it envisions an art that speaks directly to the needs and aspirations of Black America." 
― Larry Neal

Growing up in Philadelphia, Neal was surrounded by Bebop music and writing. He culled inspiration and teachings from Ralph Ellison, Langston Hughes, and the leaders of the Harlem Renaissance. After studying folklore at the University of Pennsylvania, Neal became a prolific poet and critic, and he served as the arts editor for the Liberator where he published many of his essays about art.

Neal encouraged artists to produce work that was not only politically engaged but also unapologetically rooted in the Black experience, and this message reverberated through African American literature, theater, music, and visual arts. He probed the notion of the Western art historical canon and challenged Black artists and writers to reshape artistic traditions. Deeply invested in cultural and personal understandings of the artist's intentions and experiences, Neal argues that to properly create and critique a work of art one must invest in the history of the artist's culture.

With an introduction by the writer and researcher Allie Biswas, this publication celebrates and memorializes the great writings of a powerful and influential activist and artist.

• 177 mm × 123 mm
• 96 pages
• Date of Publication: 2024

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