Colored Frames—A Visual Art Documentary 2011
Distributed by Distributed by Microcinema International/Microcinema DVD, 1636 Bush St., Suite #2, SF, CA 94109; 415-447-9750
Produced by Produced by Nonso Christian Ugbode
Directed by Directed by Lerone D. Wilson
DVD, color, 88 min.
College - General Adult
Japan, Popular Culture, Music Trade, Singers
Date Entered: 11/20/2012
Reviewed by: Reviewed by Sebastian Derry
It is a history lesson, it is social commentary, it is a revelation and it is consciousness-raising. But beyond all that this essential exploration of “black art” from the artists themselves is long overdue.
As the film makes plain the idea of racism and art in 20th century America can be neither avoided nor denied. Segregation and marginalization of black artists by the white establishment art world not only happened but is still happening today. Hearing from a multitude of artists of their constant struggle, their journey to make life better coupled with seeing their art on screen makes this one of the most powerful documentaries on American art ever produced.
Artists profiled include: Ed Clark, Howardina Pindell, Adger Cowans, Wangechi Mutu (Kenya), Tafa, Larry Hampton, John Ashford, Michael Singletary, Marva Huston, Ann Tanksley, Benny Andrews (d. 2006), Nannette Carter, Linda Goode Bryant, Francks Deceus, Dianne Smith, Gustave Blache III, Duane Smith, Danny Simmons, Gordon James, Otto Neals.
Special mention needs to be made of the film’s warm and expressive music by the Magali Souriau Trio and cellist Lenae A. Harris. How the music sets the mood and underpins the film and the art work itself, is a testament to the musicians' and director Lerone Wilson’s skill.
Highly recommended for all libraries.