13 Feb Stanford researcher Rhonda Goodman studies artists whose paintings, created in the decades prior to the Civil War, depicted the brutality of slavery. African-American art is a broad term describing the visual arts of the American black community (African Americans). Influenced by various cultural traditions, including those of Africa, Europe and the Americas, traditional African-American art forms include the range of plastic arts, from basket weaving, pottery, and quilting to. 3 Dec '12 Years a Slave' director Steve McQueen in shackles in his artwork Portrait as an Escapologist, a black and white offset print. Click image to enlarge. COURTESY THE ARTIST AND MARIAN GOODMAN GALLERY, NEW YORK/ PARIS. “But I don't think I am, because slavery is real. It's huge, but it has.