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Kellie Jones (Dr.)

Kellie Jones is a professor, writer and curator, with a pronounced interest in the work of African American artists and artists of the African Diaspora. She has held a number of curatorial positions in galleries in the USA and is a prolific writer of essays and other texts for catalogues, magazines and other publications. Amongst others, she has contributed to: Dawoud Bey: Portraits 1975-1995Walker Art Center, 1995; US / UK Photography Exchange: Dawoud Bey, Charles Biasiny-Rivera, Mikki Ferrill, Ingrid Pollard, Rotimi Fani-Kayode and Maxine Walker, Jamaica Arts Center, and Camerawork, 1989; Lorna Simpson, Phaidon, 2002; Interrogating Identity, Grey Art Gallery & Study Center, New York University, 1991; Martin Puryear, 20 Bienal Internacional de Sao Paulo 1989, Jamaica Arts Center, 1989; Basquiat, Merrell, 2005; and Betye Saar: Extending the Frozen Moment, University of California Press., Berkeley, 2005.  She contributed an essay to the catalogue for Back to Black (Whitechapel/The New Art Gallery Walsall) 2005. Jones has held a number of academic positions at universities including Yale, and more recently, Columbia.

Jones contributed an important essay to one of four books in a series titled Annotating Art’s Histories, jointly published by The MIT Press, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts and iniva the Institute of International Visual Arts, London.The volume was Discrepant Abstraction was published in 2006 and edited by Kobena Mercer. Jones’ essay was ‘It’s Not Enough to Say “Black is Beautiful” ‘: Abstraction at the Whitney, 1969-1974.

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