Art and Race Matters
offers a generous introduction to an understudied artist and will likely launch a new era of interest in Colescott's life and work. Long described as laying the groundwork for contemporary art stars like Kehinde Wiley, Mickalene Thomas, Kara Walker, and Michael Ray Charles, Colescott was one of the earliest artists to provoke controversy for his use of Black stereotypes and so-called "negative imagery." Paging through the illustrations of the book, one is struck by the abundance of insight, research, wit, and complexity in Colescott's images. The density of his paintings, and the effort and learning it takes to unravel them, offers a stark contrast to our current environment of political pronouncements in 140 characters or less. . . .
The work does not offer easy solutions or slogans and is almost never reassuring, but it pushes us to ask hard questions, feel uncomfortable, and laugh at ourselves along the way. –Jessi DiTillio, College Art Association Review
"Art and Race Matters: The Career of Robert Colescott is accompanied by a fully illustrated 252-page catalogue published by Rizzoli Electa. Featuring the contributions of more than ten curators and writers, including a major essay by Sims, and a selection of writings by the artist himself, the publication is the most comprehensive volume devoted to the life and work of Colescott to date. –