from Cult-Nats Meet Freaky-Deke [1986]
published in Flyboy in the Buttermilk: Essays on Contemporary America
Fireside/Simon & Schuster, 1992 [pages 198-210]
by Greg Tate

Given the kind of money the deMenils are sinking into their Eurocentric project, Images of the Black in Western Art, I'd hire a staff of editors, designers, and critics (Richard Powell, Judith Wilson, Kellie Jones, and Rosalind Jeffries come to mind) to produce a multivolume bricolage of black images from every source conceivable: police mugshots, graffiti, Cubism, race riots, newspapers, hair product ads, comics, black independent cinema, advertising, music videos, lynchings, minstrelsy, breakdancing, iconic jazz photography, Bauhaus furniture, images of blacks in Western art, modern art by black artists such as Twin Seven Seven, Leroy Clarke, Skunder Boghossian, Calvin Reid, Al Loving, Senga Nengudi, Daniel Dawson, Charles Abramson, Janet Henry, Houston Conwill, Ed Love, Rikki Smith, Nelson Stevens, Selim Abdul Mubdi, Edgar Sorrells-Adwale, Emilio Cruz, Martha Jackson-Jarvis, Lorna Simpson, Jack Whitten, Randy Williams, Sandra Payne, Jules Allen, Pedro Bell, Jean Michel Basquiat, Albert Chong, Romare Bearden, Wifredo Lam, plus the art of every black ethnic group in Asia, Africa, and the Americas. The text for these volumes would be drawn from as varied a collection of sources-all making for a veritable postmodern bible of black visual representation and critical difference. Publish that bad boy and all this bulljive we hear about the impoverishment of black visual culture would have to cease. [ Back to About Sandra Payne » ]