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Hughie Lee-Smith by Leslie King-Hammond

Years of research bring forth new monograph

Posted 04.19.10 by Katherine Cowan

Lee-Smith book cover

Check out this new monograph, Hughie Lee-Smith, which is the result of years of research by MICA's Graduate Dean Emeritus Dr. Leslie King-Hammond. Drawing on a rich archive of Lee-Smith's writings and personal papers, and filled with large full-color illustrations, the book is an excellent way to become acquainted with this artist's life and work, as Lee-Smith's story is engrossing, and his paintings are truly captivating!

From the dust jacket:

Painter Hughie Lee-Smith (1915-1999) sought to transform his experiences growing up as an African American during the Great Depression into meditations on the human condition. In each of Lee-Smith's enigmatic compositions, barren landscapes, lone figures, and contrasting juxtapositions elicit many questions that lead the viewer to self reflection.

"I cannot begin to project the meaning of my work in specific terms, for these paintings, at their best, are multi-faceted visual complexes whose many aspects are pregnant with as many disparate meanings as there are viewers." -- Hughie Lee-Smith

Work by Lee-Smith is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Detroit Institute of Arts, National Gallery in Washington DC, Howard University and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City.

Dr. Leslie King-Hammond is well-known at MICA as Graduate Dean Emeritus and Founding Director of the Center for Race and Culture at MICA since 2008, and has been on the faculty since 1973. Dr. King-Hammond holds a BFA (Queens College) and an MA and PhD in Art History (The Johns Hopkins University).

About the book:
Hughie Lee-Smith by Leslie King-Hammond
San Francisco: Pomegranate, c2010
ND237 .L428 K56 2010 Quarto
124 pages with more than 65 color and black-and-white images, chronology, and index. Foreword by David C. Driskell and chronology by Aiden Faust. This book is Volume 8 in The David C. Driskell Series of African American Art.
On New Book display in the Decker Library through April 23