Thank you Dr. Ruth. I received your telephone call and well wishes….yeah social media is very impersonal. Thank you for this informative email. Although I may not be able to go out to purchase this magnificent body of work; I am enlightened to its existence. Note: Professor Gates looks fabulous and I am happy to view the video of the professor looking healthy and well! Thank you…you are truly a gem!
Some years ago I discovered a series of books called “The Image of the Black in Western Art” which were first published in the early 60′s (I think) by the Harvard University Press. I managed to obtain three of the volumes before they went out of print. The entire series consist of ten volumes. To see the ”noble” art and sculpture images shown in these volumes one would have to visit just about every art museum in Europe, North Africa, and the Americas.
Harvard University Press recently decided to reissue (2nd edition) the volumes . Rumor has it that the reissue is in part due to a certain Harvard Alumnus. No word yet as to if and when the books will be taken out of print again.
Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the British Museum, and the National Gallery of Art explain and debate the project:
Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., describes The Image of the Black in Western Art, a project begun in the 1960s. Harvard University’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research and Harvard University Press have collaborated to publish new editions of the ten-book series.
Home page with a sample image gallery and slide show:
The books are expensive. Ordering the 10 volume series via the Harvard University Press will cost $95 each. The volumes can also be ordered cheaper via Amazon.com with an average price of about $65.00 each. The bindings and paper are of the highest quality. The books will probably last 50 years without fading or cracking.
Four volumes are available now, two more Oct. 2011, and the last two in 2012. Harvard University Press