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Black: A Celebration of a Culture Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781510760158
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Published: Skyhorse - November 24th, 2020

Over 500 glorious black-and-white photographs celebrating black culture throughout American history, from Jesse Owens to Barry Bonds, Ella Fitzgerald to Halle Berry.

Tucked away in the dusty halls of the Smithsonian archives and nearly forgotten by most historians, black culture is a vast, complex, interconnected web of different people, trends, and lifestyles.


I Can Make You Feel Good: Tyler Mitchell Cover Image
By Tyler Mitchell (Photographs by), Hans Ulrich Obrist (Contributions by), Deborah Willis (Contributions by)
$60.00
ISBN: 9783791386089
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Published: Prestel - August 25th, 2020

In his first published monograph, Tyler Mitchell, one of America's distinguished photographers, imagines what a Black utopia could look like.


Frank Walter: A Retrospective Cover Image
By Frank Walter (Artist), Barbara Paca (Editor), Susanne Pfeffer (Editor)
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ISBN: 9783960988267
Published: Walther Konig Verlag - August 18th, 2020

A substantial survey on the increasingly popular postwar Caribbean painter, whose subjects and styles ranged from the abstract to the heraldic, Scottish landscapes to the ancient Arawak peoples


Alison Saar: Of Aether and Earthe Cover Image
By Alison Saar (Artist), Rebecca McGrew (Editor), Irene Tsatsos (Editor)
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ISBN: 9780997930634
Published: Pomona College Museum of Art - September 8th, 2020

The first extended monograph on Saar, featuring older and more recent works, gorgeously bound in cloth with embossed details


Barkley L. Hendricks: Basketball Cover Image
By Barkley Hendricks (Artist), Terry Myers (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
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ISBN: 9788857241487
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Published: Skira - October 6th, 2020

The court, the ball and the hoop: Barkley Hendricks paints basketball

The third installment in Skira and Jack Shainman Gallery's five-volume overview of American artist Barkley L. Hendricks (1945-2017) explores the artist's relationship to basketball, which provided a significant source of artistic inspiration throughout his life.


Colored People Time Cover Image
By Meg Onli, Amber Rose Johnson (Editor), John McInerney (Foreword by)
$40.00
ISBN: 9780884541493
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Published: Institute of Contemporary Art, University of - September 29th, 2020

Artworks, essays and poetry explore the racial implications of capitalist temporalities


Young, Gifted and Black: A New Generation of Artists: The Lumpkin-Boccuzzi Family Collection of Contemporary Art Cover Image
By Antwaun Sargent (Editor), Antwaun Sargent (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Thomas Lax (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
$49.95
ISBN: 9781942884590
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Published: D.A.P./Lumpkin-Boccuzzi Family Collection - September 22nd, 2020

What's new, now and next from contemporary Black artists


GLORY: Magical Visions of Black Beauty Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250204561
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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 20th, 2020

THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER.

From Kahran and Regis Bethencourt, the dynamite husband and wife duo behind CreativeSoul Photography, comes GLORY, a photography book that shatters the conventional standards of beauty for Black children.

Featuring a foreword by Amanda Seales


Kara Walker: A Black Hole Is Everything a Star Longs to Be Cover Image
By Kara Walker (Artist), Anita Haldemann (Editor), Maurice Berger (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
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ISBN: 9783037645574
Published: Jrp Ringier - March 30th, 2021

A beautifully designed panorama of Kara Walker's works on paper--all reproduced for the first time


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The Wayland Rudd Collection: Exploring Racial Imaginaries in Soviet Visual Culture Cover Image
By Yevgeniy Fiks (Editor), Kate Baldwin (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Joy Gleason Carew (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
$40.00
ISBN: 9781946433275
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Published: Ugly Duckling Presse - July 5th, 2022

The Soviet image of the African American, in posters, media and art, from the unique collection of the actor Wayland Rudd


Africobra: Messages to the People Cover Image
By Jeffreen Hayes (Editor), Chana Sheldon (Foreword by), Leslie Guy (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
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ISBN: 9781941366301
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Published: Gregory R. Miller & Company - January 5th, 2021

A major publication about the revolutionary art collective that defined a new Black aesthetic in late 1960s Chicago and whose influence today is stronger than ever


Common Practice: Basketball & Contemporary Art Cover Image
By Carlos Rolón, Dan Peterson (Editor), John Dennis (Editor)
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ISBN: 9788857243979
Published: Skira - June 22nd, 2021

The first, comprehensive, illustrated publication to explore the relationship between basketball and contemporary art


Lorraine O'Grady: Both/And Cover Image
By Lorraine O'Grady (Artist), Aruna D'Souza (Editor), Catherine Morris (Editor)
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ISBN: 9780872731868
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Published: Dancing Foxes Press - April 13th, 2021

Four decades of multimedia exploits in race, art politics and subjectivity: a long-overdue survey on conceptual performance artist Lorraine O'Grady


In Search of African American Space: Redressing Racism Cover Image
By Jeffrey Hogrefe (Editor), Carrie Eastman (Editor), Scott Ruff (Editor)
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ISBN: 9783037786338
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Published: Lars Muller Publishers - September 29th, 2020

Drawing on architecture, performance art, history and visual theory, In Search of African American Space explores the creative relationship between the African diaspora and social space in America


Jordan Casteel: Within Reach Cover Image
By Jordan Casteel (Artist), Massimiliano Gioni (Editor), Lisa Phillips (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9780915557233
Published: New Museum - April 14th, 2020

Published for Jordan Casteel's major New Museum show, Within Reach surveys her paintings exploring the nuances of Black subjectivity


Theaster Gates: Every Square Needs a Circle Cover Image
By Theaster Gates (Artist), Zachary Cahill (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
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ISBN: 9780996454049
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Published: Richard Gray Gallery - April 7th, 2020

Documented in this attractively designed slipcased volume, Theaster Gates' latest work explores his commitment to Chicago and the work of W.E.B. Du Bois


Muse: Mickalene Thomas: Photographs Cover Image
By Mickalene Thomas (Photographer), Mickalene Thomas
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ISBN: 9781597113144
Published: Aperture - November 24th, 2015

Mickalene Thomas, known for her large-scale, multitextured and rhinestone-encrusted paintings of domestic interiors and portraits, identifies the photographic image as a defining touchstone for her practice. Thomas began to photograph herself and her mother as a student at Yale, studying under David Hilliard--a pivotal experience for her as an artist.


Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires Cover Image
By Andrea Andersson (Editor), Julie Crooks (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781773101231
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Published: Goose Lane Editions - January 29th, 2019

Mickalene Thomas's vivid paintings, collages, and photographs explode off the wall. Their larger-than-life women stare back and down at the viewer, confronting them head on. Over the course of her prolific career, Thomas has created a body of work that expands notions of beauty, gender, sexuality, and race, offering a complex vision of what it means to be a Black woman.


Mickalene Thomas: I Can't See You Without Me Cover Image
By Mickalene Thomas (Artist), Sherri Geldin (Foreword by), Nicole R. Fleetwood (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
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ISBN: 9781881390572
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Published: Wexner Center - November 20th, 2018

Presenting paintings of some of the artist's key models and muses, I Can't See You Without Me illuminates the work of Brooklyn painter Mickalene Thomas (born 1971). Culling from art history and popular culture, Thomas creates scintillating portraits that deconstruct the highly charged connections between sitter, artist and viewer.


Lorna Simpson Collages: (Art Books, Contemporary Art Books, Collage Art Books) Cover Image
By Lorna Simpson, Elizabeth Alexander (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9781452161143
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Published: Chronicle Books - June 5th, 2018

"Black women's heads of hair are galaxies unto themselves, solar systems, moonscapes, volcanic interiors."
—Elizabeth Alexander, from the Introduction


The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion Cover Image
By Antwaun Sargent, Addy Campbell (Photographer), Arielle Bobb-Willis (Photographer)
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ISBN: 9781597114684
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Published: Aperture - October 29th, 2019

In The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion, curator and critic Antwaun Sargent addresses a radical transformation taking place in fashion and art today. The featuring of the Black figure and Black runway and cover models in the media and art has been one marker of increasingly inclusive fashion and art communities.


#1960Now: Photographs of Civil Rights Activists and Black Lives Matter Protests (Social Justice Book, Civil Rights Photography Book) Cover Image
By Sheila Pree Bright, Alicia Garza (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9781452170725
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Published: Chronicle Books - October 23rd, 2018

The fight for equality continues, from 1960 to now. Combining portraits of past and present social justice activists with documentary images from recent protests throughout the United States, #1960Now sheds light on the parallels between the 1960s Civil Rights Movement and the Black Lives Matter movement of today.


Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780847866380
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Published: Rizzoli Electa - January 15th, 2019

An authoritative guide to one of the world's most important collections of African-American art, with works by artists from Romare Bearden to Kehinde Wiley.


Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393066968
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 5th, 2009

Long overlooked in American culture, African American beauty finally get its due in this landmark work.


Carrie Mae Weems: The Usual Suspects Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780807172056
Published: LSU Press - January 1st, 2019

This exhibition catalogue features recent works by artist Carrie Mae Weems included in LSU Museum of Art's exhibition, Carrie Mae Weems: The Usual Suspects. The exhibition focuses on the humanity denied in recent killings of black men, women, and children by police.


Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness Cover Image
By Zanele Muholi (Photographer), Renée Mussai (Interviewer), Unoma Azuah (Contribution by)
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ISBN: 9781597114240
Published: Aperture - August 15th, 2018

"These feel like images you might have dreamed, both of the kind that slip away and the ones you manage to keep tenuously in your grasp, slippery, otherworldly. . . . Before our eyes, Zanele Muholi transforms into a mother, a domestic worker, an Afrofuturist, an oracle. It's fiction and it is not."--Yrsa Daley-Ward, The New York Times Book Review


Howardena Pindell: What Remains To Be Seen Cover Image
By Naomi Beckwith, Valerie Cassel Oliver, Grace Deveney (Contributions by), Charles Gaines (Contributions by), Lowery Stokes Sims (Contributions by)
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ISBN: 9783791357379
Published: Prestel - March 1st, 2018

This retrospective volume celebrates five decades of Howardena Pindell's art, including works on paper, collage, photography, film, and video.


Kerry James Marshall (Phaidon Contemporary Artists Series) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780714871554
Published: Phaidon Press - June 12th, 2017

The most comprehensive book yet on this inspired, inventive chronicler of the African-American experience

Alabama-born, Chicago-based Kerry James Marshall is one of the most exciting artists working today. Critically and commercially acclaimed, the painter is known for his representation of the history of African-American identity in Western art.


Kerry James Marshall: History of Painting Cover Image
By Teju Cole (Text by), Kerry James Marshall (By (artist)), Hal Foster (Text by)
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ISBN: 9781644230152
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Published: David Zwirner Books - September 17th, 2019

Kerry James Marshall is one of America’s greatest living painters. History of Painting presents a groundbreaking body of new work that engages with the history of the medium itself.

In History of Painting, the artist has widened his scope to include both figurative and nonfigurative works that deal explicitly with art history, race, and gender, as well a


Kara Walker: Hyundai Commission Cover Image
By Clara Kim (Editor), Zadie Smith (Contributions by), Kara Walker (Contributions by)
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ISBN: 9781849766852
Published: Tate Publishing - April 21st, 2020

A new book on American artist Kara Walker and her Fall 2019 installation at Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall

The works of New York–based artist Kara Walker (b. 1969) have been featured prominently in exhibitions around the world since the mid-1990s.


Kara Walker: Figa Cover Image
By Kara Walker (Artist), Dakis Joannou (Contribution by), Karen Marta (Editor)
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ISBN: 9786185039325
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Published: Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art - May 21st, 2019

Kara Walker's (born 1969) Figa, a sculpture monumental in both size and symbol, was installed at the DESTE Foundation's Hydra Slaughterhouse in 2017.


Charles White: The Gordon Gift to The University of Texas Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781477320020
Published: Blanton Museum of Art, UT-Austin - November 12th, 2019

Charles White (1918–1979), one of the twentieth century’s most accomplished and innovative draftsmen, was also highly regarded as an educator and activist. His life spanned the Great Depression and the WPA era as well as the civil rights movement and the early days of feminism, movements that he not only actively participated in but also shaped.


Charles White: Black Pope Cover Image
By Charles White (Artist), Esther Adler (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
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ISBN: 9781633450271
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Published: Museum of Modern Art - October 24th, 2017

"The Chicago-born artist Charles White (1918-79) was celebrated during his lifetime for depictions of African-American men, women and children that acquired the name "images of dignity.


Fired Up! Ready to Go!: Finding Beauty, Demanding Equity: An African American Life in Art. The Collections of Peggy Cooper Cafritz Cover Image
By Peggy Cooper Cafritz, Thelma Golden (Contributions by), Kerry James Marshall (Contributions by), Simone Leigh (Contributions by), Uri McMillan (Contributions by)
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ISBN: 9780847860586
Published: Rizzoli Electa - February 20th, 2018

After decades of art collecting, prominent Washington D.C.–based activist, philanthropist, and founder of the august Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Peggy Cooper Cafritz had amassed one of the most important collections of work by artists of color in the country.


Theaster Gates: Black Madonna Cover Image
By Theaster Gates (Artist), Josef Helfenstein (Editor), Daniel Kurjakovic (Editor)
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ISBN: 9783960987246
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Published: Walther Konig Verlag - April 14th, 2020

A clothbound compendium of Theaster Gates' interdisciplinary exploration of artistic and religious representations of the Black Madonnas

For his Kuntsmuseum Basel exhibition, Chicago-based multiartist Theaster Gates (born 1973) interrogates the mainstream art world's Eurocentrism through a multi-venue, multimedia exploration of the figure of the Black Madonna.


Kwame Brathwaite: Black Is Beautiful Cover Image
By Kwame Brathwaite (Photographer), Tanisha C. Ford (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Deborah Willis (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
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ISBN: 9781597114431
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Published: Aperture - May 1st, 2019

"From Beyonc to Barack Obama, it's hard to think of a black figure who does not owe their prominence, in some measure, to the ethos of 'Black is Beautiful'" --Ekow Eshun, Financial Times


Where We Find Ourselves: The Photographs of Hugh Mangum, 1897-1922 (Documentary Arts and Culture) Cover Image
By Margaret Sartor (Editor), Alex Harris (Editor), Deborah Willis (Foreword by)
$49.50
ISBN: 9781469648316
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Published: University of North Carolina Press - February 4th, 2019

Self-taught photographer Hugh Mangum was born in 1877 in Durham, North Carolina, as its burgeoning tobacco economy put the frontier-like boomtown on the map. As an itinerant portraitist working primarily in North Carolina and Virginia during the rise of Jim Crow, Mangum welcomed into his temporary studios a clientele that was both racially and economically diverse.


Committed to Memory: The Art of the Slave Ship Icon Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780691136844
Published: Princeton University Press - July 24th, 2018

How an eighteenth-century engraving of a slave ship became a cultural icon of black resistance, identity, and remembrance


My Soul Has Grown Deep: Black Art from the American South Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781588396099
Published: Metropolitan Museum of Art - June 5th, 2018

A new consideration of extraordinary art created by Black artists during the mid-20th century

My Soul Has Grown Deep considers the art-historical significance of contemporary Black artists working throughout the southeastern United States.


Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic Cover Image
By Eugenie Tsai (Editor), Connie H. Choi, Insoo Cho (Contributions by), Elizabeth Armstrong (Contributions by), Richard Aste (Contributions by)
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ISBN: 9783791354309
Published: Prestel - February 20th, 2015

Filled with reproductions of Kehinde Wiley’s bold, colorful, and monumental work, this book encompasses the artist’s various series of paintings as well as his sculptural work—which boldly explore ideas about race, power, and tradition.


The African Lookbook: A Visual History of 100 Years of African Women Cover Image
By Catherine E. McKinley, Jacqueline Woodson (Foreword by), Edwidge Danticat (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781620403532
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - January 19th, 2021

A USA Today "Must-Read for Black History Month"

An unprecedented visual history of African women told in striking and subversive historical photographsfeaturing an Introduction by Edwidge Danticat and a Foreword by Jacqueline Woodson.


Among Others: Blackness at Moma Cover Image
By Darby English (Editor), Charlotte Barat (Editor), Mabel Wilson (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
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ISBN: 9781633450349
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Published: Museum of Modern Art - August 20th, 2019

This expansive collection of essays on nearly 200 works in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art is the first substantial exploration of MoMA's uneven historical relationship with black artists, black audiences and the broader subject of racial blackness.


Africobra: Messages to the People Cover Image
By Jeffreen Hayes (Editor), Chana Sheldon (Foreword by), Leslie Guy (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
$49.95
ISBN: 9781941366301
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Published: Gregory R. Miller & Company - January 5th, 2021

A major publication about the revolutionary art collective that defined a new Black aesthetic in late 1960s Chicago and whose influence today is stronger than ever


Bisa Butler: Portraits Cover Image
By Erica Warren (Editor), Bisa Butler (Contributions by), Jordan Carter (Contributions by), Isabella Ko (Contributions by), Michele Wije (Contributions by)
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ISBN: 9780300254310
Published: Art Institute of Chicago - December 8th, 2020

A beautifully illustrated look at the work of one of today’s most unique and exciting artists

Bisa Butler (b. 1973) is an American artist who creates arresting and psychologically nuanced portraits composed entirely of vibrantly colored and patterned fabrics that she cuts, layers, and stitches together.


Zanele Muholi  Cover Image
By Allen Sarah (Editor), Yasufumi Nakori (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781849766821
Published: Tate Publishing - February 9th, 2021

Explore the stunning, moving, and exciting work of visual artist-activist Zanele Muholi
 

Born in South Africa in 1972, Zanele Muholi came to prominence in the early 2000s with photographs that sought to envision black lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, and intersex lives beyond deviance or victimhood.


Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power Cover Image
By Mark Godfrey (Editor), Zoé Whitley (Editor), Mark Godfrey (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
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ISBN: 9781942884170
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Published: Distributed Art Publishers (DAP) - September 26th, 2017

African American art in the era of Malcolm X and the Black Panthers


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Milford Graves: A Mind-Body Deal Cover Image
By Milford Graves (Artist), Mark Christman (Introduction by), John Corbett (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
$45.00
ISBN: 9781941753378
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Published: Inventory Press - February 15th, 2022

The first-ever overview on the multimedia art of free-jazz pioneer and creative polymath Milford Graves


Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Fly in League with the Night Cover Image
By Lynette Yiadom-Boakye (Artist), Isabella Maidment (Editor), Isabella Maidment (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
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ISBN: 9781942884651
Published: Distributed Art Publishers (DAP) - December 15th, 2020

Dramatically reinventing the lineage of Goya, Sargent and Manet, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye imbues the Black subjects in her paintings with atmospheric grace and elegance


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Somaya Critchlow: Paintings Cover Image
By Somaya Critchlow (Artist), Amanda Renshaw (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
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ISBN: 9788857244815
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Published: Skira - March 1st, 2022

Critchlow's portraits of Black women transform Western portraiture and conflate kitsch with tradition