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Black Art and Artists

Welcome to the UCLA Library Guide to researching Black art and artists. The focus of this guide is on Black art and artists in the English-speaking diaspora.

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Black Art and Artists

Wilson, Sarah Ann. Album Quilt. 1854. Appliquéd, pieced and embroidered quilt; dyed, undyed and printed cotton plain weave fabrics and cotton and silk velvet fabric; cotton embroidery threads. 217.1 × 255.8 cm. Art Institute Chicago, Chicago, IL,


Welcome to the UCLA Library Guide to researching Black art and artists. The focus of this guide is on Black art and artists in the English-speaking diaspora. It was created by Library Student Research Assistant Amy Fleming, an MLIS student in UCLA's Graduate School of Education and Information Science.

Below you can find some related subject guides to supplement your research.

Finding Resources

A "Subject" search can be a useful way to navigate a catalog when looking for resources on a specific topic. Below are some examples of subject headings that may be useful in your searches in UC Library Search.

African American art

African American arts

African American artists

African American sculptors

African American painting

African diaspora in art

Art, Black

Arts, Black -- History


Subject searches can also be used for specific artists. Some examples are listed below.

Ringgold, Faith

Ringgold, Faith - Exhibitions

Ringgold, Faith - Criticism and Interpretation

However, the most comprehensive search can be done using the artist's name in the keyword search box. The most effective way to do this is to use quotation marks to search the name as a phrase, e.g. "Faith Ringgold". While this search will find books about Faith Ringgold, it will also include chapters of books where she is mentioned and exhibition catalogs of both solo and group shows.

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