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Thelma Golden


While I usually think of summer as a chance to indulge in fiction, this year I’ll be reading Huey Copeland’s Bound to Appear: Art, Slavery, and the Site of Blackness in Multicultural America (University of Chicago Press). Copeland will look through a twenty-first-century lens at the legacy of slavery and will offer the first in-depth examination of how four groundbreaking artists—Renée Green, Glenn Ligon, Lorna Simpson, and Fred Wilson—reimagine and represent the enslaved. His volume captures a moment of innovation spanning the late 1980s and early ’90s, unpacking the influences, challenges, and concerns that converged to inform the radical, large-scale installations his subjects created. An associate professor of art history at Northwestern University (and a frequent contributor to Artforum), Copeland has been an active voice in the discourse on contemporary

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