transcribedthoughtss asked: To me 'black art' is a little more westernized, involving social movements, empowerment of the African American race, and recognition of a holistic unity that exists among those of color. In my opinion a nuance exists between black art and african art where African Art, on the contrary, places a greater emphasis on the qualities unique to inhabitants of countries within Africa, namely: food, social functioning, clothing, political injustices, poverty, enslavement etc.
In that way of defining Africans can make African art, or Black art. But African Americans cannot make African art. For me personally Black art means a big collection of art forms. Just like latin music is not just Salsa, but also Afro-Cuban Rumba and Bachata. There are Japonese bands playing Salsa (and any other style), and to me they are Latin bands.
In that line of thinking Black art differs from other art by the portrayed subject. If the object/subject is black in nature I would consider it Black art even when the artist is not black.
Take for example some of the works done by Ruud van Empel, Ingrid Baars or Olaf Hajek, all of them are white. But for me this works two ways, if a black person makes art which doesn’t make it obvious that it can be classified as black art I wouldn’t. Of course he would still be a black artist, but there are latinos making regular Pop music too (Some of the Gloria Estefan songs like: Here we are) Latin female singer, but having a regular (non-latin) pop hit. (Even though she made two kick ass latin albums too)