Mary Lovelace O'Neal Whales Fucking

Mary Lovelace O'Neal

Whales Fucking

Editor Emily A. Kuhlmann, and Erin Jenoa Gilbert


Price: $39.99

  • Publication Date: November 29, 2022
  • Imprint: Cameron Books
  • Trim Size: 12 x 14
  • ISBN: 9781951836023
  • Page Count: 112
  • Illustrations: Color illustrations and black-and-white photographs throughout
  • Rights: World/All

A celebration of the enduring work, influence, and legacy of the legendary artist and educator

Examining the essential and influential art of Mary Lovelace O’Neal, this survey of work spanning the last 30 years celebrates the legacy of a teacher, mentor, and heroine for many. As professor emerita of the University of California, Berkeley’s Art Studio Department—a first for an African American woman at the time—Lovelace O’Neal has become renowned as an important educator and painter of activist abstractions that have inspired countless artists in the San Francisco Bay Area, nationally, and globally. Constantly experimenting with form, color, and figuration to engage in cultural and artistic conversations on behalf of social justice, Lovelace O’Neal presents an oeuvre that continuously subverts the expectations imposed on Black artists, as well as defines the cultural power of minimalism and abstract expressionism.

About the author

Emily A. Kuhlmann is the former director of exhibitions and curatorial affairs at the Museum of the African DiasporaErin Jenoa Gilbert is the curator of African American Manuscripts at the Smithsonian Archives of American Art. The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), a Smithsonian affiliate, is a contemporary art museum that celebrates Black cultures, ignites challenging conversations, and inspires learning through the global lens of the African Diaspora. MoAD is uniquely positioned as one of the few museums in the world focused exclusively on African Diaspora culture and on presenting the rich cultural heritage of the people of Africa and of African descendant cultures all across the globe.