David Bindman

David Bindman

Professor Emeritus of Art History, University College London


Emeritus Professor of the History of Art at University College London
The Image of the Black in Africa and Asia
Image of the Black Archive & Library

Fall 2017


David Bindman is Emeritus Professor of the History of Art at University College London. He was educated at Oxford, Harvard and the Courtauld Institute, University of London. Professor Bindman has taught and lectured extensively in the US, and has held fellowships at Yale, the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., the Getty Institute, and the Du Bois Institute at Harvard. He is a scholar of eighteenth-century British art, and the author of books on Blake and Hogarth as well as the editor of The History of British Art (Yale University Press, 2008). Over the course of his distinguished career, his interest turned to the representation of non-Europeans in Western art, culminating in the book Ape to Apollo: Aesthetics and the Idea of Race in the Eighteenth Century (Cornell University Press, 2002).

Project Description

The Image of the Black in Africa and Asia and The Image of the European in African Art

The Image of the Black in Western Art in 5 volumes (10 books) is now finished and was finally published in November 2014. Volumes 1, From the Pharoahs to the Fall of Fall of the Roman Empire which first appeared in 1976, vol. II From the Early Christian Era to the “Age of Discovery” which first appeared in 1979, were republished and vol. III.1, published for the first time, by Harvard University Press in fall 2010 with a new preface by myself and Prof. Gates, new introductions, and with colour plates replacing the original monochrome. The new vols. III. 2 and III.3 appeared in the fall of 2011, and the reprint of vol. IV From the American Revolution to World War 1 first published in 1989, with a new introduction by myself was published in spring 2012. The final volume on the 20th century, also new, beginning with vol. 5 part 1, came out in March 2014, followed by vol.5 part 2, the Rise of Black Artists, in fall 2014. All have been greeted with acclaim in scholarly and other journals for their scholarship and splendid production, and the volumes have been celebrated at public events at the British Museum and National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.

The text of the first companion volume to the series, entitled The Image of the Black in Africa and Asia, was handed in to Harvard University Press in October 2014 and is due for publication in spring 2016, and I expect to have much work to do in fall 2016 on the proofs and final stages of production, which will involve among other things working with the editorial team at the Press on the complicated process of reconciling images and captions with the text.

At the same time I will concentrate on the second companion volume, The Image of the European in African Art, to be published this time by Yale University Press, in 2016, and assume by then that the authors will have handed in most of their texts.

This volume, which like the African and Asian and 20th-century volumes, were not part of the original project as conceived by the Menils, but they widen the concept and the coverage of the series beyond Europe in line with contemporary concerns with globalization. They provide, therefore a logical conclusion to the series as a whole.

2015-2016: Image of the Black Archive & Library Fellow

2010-2015: McMillan-Stewart Fellow


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