"Seeking to compensate for the slender body of literature devoted to Lawrence, to offer reliable color illustrations of the artist's work, and to present the first comprehensive overview of Lawrence's career, the two volumes largely succeed on all counts. . . . The authors have subjugated their clear admiration for Lawrence in order to provide an accurate historical narrative and an authoritative catalogue of his works."
"This is a superb and comprehensive study of the dynamic and deeply humanitarian work of African American artist, Jacob Lawrence. The two-volume work contains a wealth of jewellike color reproductions and insightful bibliographical and critical essays that enable readers to appreciate fully the vibrancy and scope of Lawrence's virtuosic oeuvre."
"This is the first catalogue raisonne of an American artist of African descent and the first monograph to present Lawrence's art in a critically complex way. As such. it opens the door to a wealth of new ideas and information and enlarges the discourse on the nature of American modern art as a whole."
"The time may be ripe for re-examining Lawrence, and if so, these two volumes will be compulsory references."
"The Complete Jacob Lawrence offers a wealth of information on the life and art of Lawrence. The biographical information is powerful enough to keep one engrossed in thought and feelings towards this amazing man. the 900-plus illustrations within this comprehensive two-volume set wonderfully illustrate the expansive vision of his creative energy. . . . A fascinating visual and intellectual journey through the art and life of Jacob Lawrence."
-QBR: The Black Book Review