Of the Land

96 pp., 8 x 8
ISBN: 9781647121716 (164712171X)

February 2022
Sales Rights: World


Table of Contents

Of the Land
The Art and Poetry of Lou Stovall
Will Stovall, Editor
Foreword by Harry Cooper
The emergence of a master artist alongside his first major collection, created during a golden age of art in the nation's capital

Renowned for his innovative work with silkscreen printing, Lou Stovall's works are part of numerous collections, including the National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and Phillips Collection. Washington Post art critic Paul Richard once wrote, "As a printer of his own art, and of the art of many others, as a framer and installer and shepherd of collections, Stovall has inserted more art into Washington than almost anyone in town."

Of the Land: The Art and Poetry of Lou Stovall presents a series of prints and accompanying poems that showcase the artist's work during the 1970s, when he was developing his unique silkscreen technique and exploring both natural and abstract elements. An introduction by the book's editor and artist's son, Will Stovall, along with an autobiography from the artist anchor the Of the Land series in its time and place—a period of jazz, protest, and prolific art production in Washington, DC, that birthed the Washington Color School. Stovall's contributions, as well as his collaborations with well-known artists like Jacob Lawrence, Sam Gilliam, Elizabeth Catlett, and Robert Mangold, have cemented him as one of the most significant American artists of our age.

Part of a tradition of African American artists and thinkers who met at Howard University, Lou Stovall created the Workshop in 1968, a small, active silkscreen studio printing posters for arts and Washington, DC-focused events. His deep influence on the silkscreen medium, the art community, and Washington, DC, will be part of his lasting legacy.
Lou Stovall was born in Athens, Georgia, in 1937 and grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts. He studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and graduated with a BFA from Howard University. He has lived and worked in Washington, DC, since 1962. His prints and drawings are part of numerous public and private collections throughout the world.

Will Stovall is an artist and painter who lives in Washington, DC. He holds a PhD from Yale University with a dissertation on the institutional imagination of philosopher Jürgen Habermas. He manages the Lou Stovall Workshop.

Table of Contents
Visions Mirrored in a Sky

Of the Land

Prelude (February 1973)

Part I (1974)


Prelude (January 1974)


Part II (1977)




On the Greening of the Artist

My Story

About Lou Stovall

About the Editor