Art on My Mind

Visual Politics

“As erudite and sophisticated as hooks is, she is also eminently readable, even exhilarating.” —Booklist

In Art on My Mind, bell hooks, a leading cultural critic, responds to the ongoing dialogues about producing, exhibiting, and criticizing art and aesthetics in an art world increasingly concerned with identity politics. Always concerned with the liberatory black struggle, hooks positions her writings on visual politics within the ever-present question of how art can be an empowering and revolutionary force within the black community.


“Passionate and highly personal.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Sharp and persuasive.”
The New York Times Book Review
“[hooks] brings a welcome clarity to such issues as received art and the development of a Western canon.”
San Francisco Examiner
“In an art world obsessed with identity politics, Art on My Mind is a long-overdue rescue of the liberating, rather than confining, power of art.”
Paper Magazine
“[Art on My Mind] is a guide to the ways that political meaning and esthetic pleasure may be discovered, bound together, in many works by contemporary artists of color.”
Art America

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