Afro-American abstraction: An exhibition of contemporary painting and sculpture by nineteen black American artists

Curator: April Kingsley 

Sunday, February 17 - April 6, 1980


James Little

"Born 1952 in Memphis, Tennessee. Moved to New York in 1976. Studied at the Memphis Academy of Arts and Syracuse University. Has had one-man shows at the Lemoyne-Owen Gallery, Memphis, and the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse and has been included in group exhibitions at the Arkansas Art Center, Clough-Hanson Gallery, Just Above Midtown, Joe and Emily Lowe Art Galery, Matha Jackson Gallery, Studio Museum and 222 Wooster Gallery. Lives in New York"







This catalog documents the AFRO-AMERICAN ABSTRACTION exhibition as it was at P.S. 1 in Long Island City, Queens, between February 17 and April 6, 1980. The show received extensive media coverage on WNET-TV's City Editions and WBAI Radio, including a long group interview with Ann Stubbs from which the quotations in the introduction were taken. John Perreault, Soho Weekly News, February 27, 1980; Robert Hughes, Time, March 31, 1980; and Carri Rickey, The Village Voice, March 3, 1980 - each devoted a full page to the show, and John Russell, New York Times, March 14, 1980 p. C19; and Judith Wilson, Art in America, Summer 1980 - reviewed it in-depth, in showing at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse February 6 - March 20, 1981, and in its subsequent locations, AFRO-AMERICAN ABSTRACTION is essentially the same exhibition that was seen at P.S. 1.


Copyright 1981 April Kingsley, New York City

Catalog design by Michael Edstrom.
500 copies printed by Menorah Printing Company, New York City


Photograph nos. 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, and 16 by James Wentz, New York; no.4 by Stan Gainsforth, LA; no. 8 by Adam Avila, L.A; no. 11 by James Little. N.Y.; no.18 by Frank Stewart, New York; no. 19 by Irene Stern, New York.