The International Review of African American Art, Vol. 29 No. 1 (2019)


Connecting Spirits
Published in 2019, this 64–page volume of the Hampton University Museum’s The International Review of African American Art is dedicated to artist Michael B. Platt (1948–2019) and scholar Dr. Floyd W. Coleman, Sr. (1939–2019), who contributed to the journal and served on the IRAAA Advisory Board. Included in this issue are many color and black & white photographs of artists’ works, with very insightful commentaries by highly respected art reviewers.

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Vanessa D. Thaxton–Ward, Ph.D.

Guest Editor
Tim Davis

Assistant Editor
Deanna Brooks

Executive Publisher
William R. Harvey, Ed.D.

An important part of being in this business of art is that you meet some incredible artists along the way. Their work and the images they create make you, in some ways, become whole and give us, the viewers, insight to a window of the past, present and future. Michael B. Platt was one of those incredible people who transported the viewers he engaged to another place or another time. His work always touches our senses and emotions on a level where we may never have gone if we had not viewed it. “Image maker”—I think about that phrase and all the years and I can say he was the first person/artist to use it to describe his work to me. That is the way Platt was: an innovator of new media, new terms, new beginnings and new ways of looking at this subject of art. I also saw him creating a new style or name for the art he was creating. He was on a spiritual journey and sometimes when we talked about his work, he was not clear on where the subject, structure, meaning and images would take him, where it would end or when the piece would be finished. It was a life journey and a puzzle of images and the challenge and goal was where to place them. He had to listen and hear and be tuned in to life and his purpose of why he was “Doing.” Platt had to go to different places to achieve the right image and spirit; it was heavy thoughts and deep wounds open, and narratives and subject matter that can create pain and be very uncomfortable for the artist and the viewer. That is really Platt. The doer, the change maker, and giver of himself for his cause, your cause, and life cause. Thanks for leaving the legacy of images for us to see.

This issue also pays homage to Dr. Floyd Coleman, art historian, artist and administrator, who left a legacy, as well.

—Excerpt from “Letter for the Guest Editor” by Tim Davis

Feature Articles and Contributors:

“Letter from the Guest Editor”, Tim Davis

“Michael B. Platt (1948–2019): Imagemaker and Visionary”, Tim Davis

“Carol A. Beane, Wordsmith, Poet, Translator, Interpreter, Book Artist, Life Partner of Michael Platt”, Tim Davis

“Michael B. Platt”, Joe Eisenberg, OAM

“Stan Squirewell and Michael Platt, International Visions”, Tim Davis

“Michael B. Platt: A Digital Journey”, Vanessa Thaxton–Ward, Ph.D.

“Dr. Floyd W. Coleman, Sr. (1939–2018): Path Breaker and Canon Builder”, Jerry L. Langley

News & Reviews

“Connecting Spirits”, Tim Davis

Bibliographic Details

Title:                                      The International Review of African American Art

Publisher:                            The Hampton University Museum, Hampton, Virginia

Publication Date:              2019

Binding:                                Pictorial Softcover

Book Condition:                Excellent

Book Type:                          Quarterly Magazine

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