This issue celebrates the International Review of African American Art in it's 20th year of publication. Initially challenging the notion that black people had "lower" aesthetic sensibilities, the social purpose expanded to confront every injustice and hardship of our experience and to reveal all of its power. The agenda also demonstrated that black artists also need not conform to any such agenda. To get here from that moment of insemination in Samella Lewis' living room has been a struggle--much of it a selfless, ingenious, resourceful effort on Samella's part.
20th ANNIVERSARY ISSUE: The View From Now editorial by Juliette Harris, Reflections on 20 Years of IRAAA: A Conversation with Samella Lewis by Jeanne Zeidler, Images of an Era by Diane Weathers, Postmodernism Made Easy by Sharon Patton, Two Decades of Momentous Change: 1976-1996 by Floyd Coleman and Jeffrey Bruce, The Spirit of 1996.
Artwork by: Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence, David Butler, Reverend Mary Le Ravin, Johhny W. Banks, Joyce J. Scott, Samella Lewis, Amando Solis, Murray Depillars, Benny Andrews, Philemona Williamson, Dwight Carter, Beverly Buchanan, Bob Thompson, Chester Dames, Lawrence Sykes, John Wilson, Adger W. Cowans, Jeff Donaldson, James Phillips, Sister Gertrude Morgan, Faith Ringgold, Raymond Saunders, Nancy Moran, Lois Mailou Jones, Hughie Lee-Smith, Ed Spriggs, Ellis Wilson, Richard Powell, Gerald Hawkes, Roland Freeman, Charles White, Milton Derr, Adrian Piper, Lilian Burwell, Aaron Douglas, Richard Yarde, John Biggers, Mei-Tei-Sing Smith, Persis Jennings, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Stanley Whitney, Tom Miller, Jean Lacy, William H. Johnson, Keith Morrison, Howardena Pindell, Emma Amos, Becket Logan, Julee Dickerson-Thompson, Tarleton Blackwell, Frederick Brown, Frank Methe, Reginald Gammon, Claude Clark, Bessie Harvey, Francine Haskins, Austin Hansen, Carolyn Mazloomi, Renee Stout, Derrick Beard, Shirley Woodson, Betye Saar, Martin Puryear, Chamba Acosta, Robert Colescott, Paul Deo, & Archival Photos.