Thomas Riggs


St. James Guide to Black Artists

St. James Press, 1997
Award: Best Reference Source 1997, Library Journal


“An impressive list of contributors and advisers and a general bibliography complete this useful research publication. The growing interest in and respect for the work of black artists makes this an essential acquisition for all art and academic libraries, and it is highly recommended for general public library collections.”

Booklist, 1997

“An essential purchase for all public and academic libraries.”

Library Journal, 1998

“College and university libraries and large public libraries need this survey of black artists.”

Choice, 1998

“Even though there is no shortage of biographical dictionaries of black artists in print, the St. James Guide is unique not only in its depth of coverage but its inclusion of a number of artists from Africa, the Caribbean, Brazil, and other countries that have not had good coverage. . . . The St. James Guide to Black Artists is highly recommended for all larger academic and public libraries with specialized collections, and at the same time it should be of value to smaller academic, public, and school libraries that wish to select a good biographical source for black artists.

ARBA, 98

“Because it brings together authoritative information on a variety of black artists throughout the world, and because it is designed for ease of use, the St. James Guide to Black Artists is an important reference source that belongs in all special collections related to art or black studies and in most large public and academic library reference collections. High-school libraries supporting relevant curriculum programs might also add it to their collections.”

ARBA, 2002

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