PUBLISHER
Santa Monica Museum of Art

BOOK FORMAT
Clth, 11 x 9.5 in. / 80 pgs / 30 color / 35 bw.

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Pub Date
Out of print

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Catalog: SPRING 2012 p. 77   

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EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

Santa Monica, CA
Santa Monica Museum of Art, 04/14/12-08/18/12

New York
Brooklyn Museum of Art, 09/28/12-01/20/13

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SANTA MONICA MUSEUM OF ART

Mickalene Thomas: Origin of the Universe

Edited by Lisa Melandri. Foreword by Elsa Longhauser, Arnold L. Lehman. Text by Sarah Lewis, Denise Murrell. Interview by Lisa Melandri.

Featured image, "I Learned the Hard Way" (2010) is reproduced from <I>Mickalene Thomas: Origin of the Universe</I>.Mickalene Thomas (born 1971) has won acclaim for her elaborate, colorful paintings of African-American women, often posed provocatively against rich, 1970s-themed backgrounds adorned with rhinestones, enamel and acrylics. Thomas draws from earlier traditions of portraiture to arrive at her contemporary sensibility. She engages with the tension between a personal investigation of eroticism, black femininity and beauty and a pop-cultural critique of the overt sexual imagery prevalent in the media--from Blaxploitation film heroines like Cleopatra Jones to the construction of middle-class, African-American taste in Ebony magazine. Her portraits of trans-generational female empowerment have been receiving attention far beyond the standard art-world venues and have been reproduced everywhere from The New Yorker to Bomb magazine. Thomas also reenvisions landscapes and interiors through playful and passionate recontextualizations of such artists as Romare Bearden, Édouard Manet, Henri Matisse and Balthus. Mickalene Thomas: The Origin of the Universe is the first monograph on the artist, and accompanies her first solo museum exhibition in the United States at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. It features a wide array of full-color reproductions of her work across media--much of it new and never before published--including photo collages and provocative landscapes, along with an interview with the artist and critical texts that elucidate her paintings’ investigations of femininity, sexuality and power, and provide extensive context for her oeuvre as a whole.

Featured image, "I Learned the Hard Way" (2010) is reproduced from Mickalene Thomas: Origin of the Universe.

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

The New York Times

Roberta Smith

Mickalene Thomas's brash, exuberant paintings don't care what you think of them; they are much too busy simply - or not so simply - being themselves. Their sense of independence is driven home by this artist's invigorating exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, along with the realization that the museum's populist program sometimes hits the nail on the head…
Enhanced by burning colors; outrageously tactile, rhinestone-studded surfaces; and fractured, almost Cubist perspectives, these images draw equally from 19th- and 20th-century French modernism, portrait painting, 1970s blaxploitation extravagance and an array of postwar pictorial styles.

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The Editiors

Her work burrows liberally from art history: female poses from Manet; grid constructions from David Hockney; interiors from Matisse that are liberally jazzed up to a 1970s flamboyance with the swatches of fabrics she collages over furniture and walls.

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FROM THE BOOK
"Since the outset of her career, Mickalene Thomas has forged a creative process and pictorial style that reimagines past masterworks as vivid evocations of the contemporary moment. From her signature portraits of vibrant black women to an evolving series of landscapes and interiors, Thomas has manifested a discourse with a global artistic legacy spanning the modernizing turn in mid-nineteenth-century France, the visual strategies of postwar African American artists, and the meaning-laden processes and materials of transnational studio practice today.
The artist’s recent paintings underscore the degree to which she has posed the composite body of art history as her ultimate muse. It is her parrying engagement with anterior generations of artists that has induced her most sustained inspiration in developing a creative vision wholly her own."

Denise Murrell, excerpted from the chapter, "The Anterior as Muse: Recent Paintings by Mickalene Thomas".

BLACK ART & CULTURE

Adam Pendleton: As Heavy as Sculpture

ADAM PENDLETON: AS HEAVY AS SCULPTURE

D.A.P.

ISBN: 9781636810270
USD $100.00
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Pub Date: 9/21/2021
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Adam Pendleton: Pasts, Futures, and Aftermaths

ADAM PENDLETON: PASTS, FUTURES, AND AFTERMATHS

Introduction by Adam Pendleton. Interviews with Thomas Hirschhorn, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Joan Jonas, Lorraine O’Grady, and Joan Retallack.

DABA/KOENIG BOOKS

ISBN: 9781734681710
USD $45.00
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Pub Date: 10/26/2021
Forthcoming


Adam Pendleton: Who Is Queen?

ADAM PENDLETON: WHO IS QUEEN?

THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

ISBN: 9781633451100
USD $45.00
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Pub Date: 10/12/2021
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African Art

AFRICAN ART

By Ezio Bassani.

SKIRA

ISBN: 9788857208695
USD $70.00
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Pub Date: 9/25/2012
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Afro-Atlantic Histories

AFRO-ATLANTIC HISTORIES

DELMONICO BOOKS/MUSEU DE ARTE DE SăO PAULO

ISBN: 9781636810027
USD $65.00
| CAN $83 UK £ 51.5

Pub Date: 11/16/2021
Forthcoming


Among Others: Blackness at MoMA

AMONG OTHERS: BLACKNESS AT MOMA

Edited with text by Darby English, Charlotte Barat. Text by Mabel O. Wilson, et al.

THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

ISBN: 9781633450349
USD $65.00
| CAN $82

Pub Date: 8/20/2019
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Barkley L. Hendricks: Basketball

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Text by Terry Myers.

SKIRA/JACK SHAINMAN GALLERY

ISBN: 9788857241487
USD $25.00
| CAN $35

Pub Date: 10/6/2020
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GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM

ISBN: 9780892075485
USD $29.95
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Pub Date: 7/23/2019
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BLACK FIRE! NEW SPIRITS!

Edited by Stuart Baker.

SOUL JAZZ BOOKS

ISBN: 9780957260016
USD $49.95
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Pub Date: 5/31/2014
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BLACK IVY: A REVOLT IN STYLE

Text by Jason Jules, Graham Marsh.

REEL ART PRESS

ISBN: 9781909526822
USD $49.95
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Pub Date: 10/12/2021
Forthcoming


Black Lives 1900: W.E.B. Du Bois at the Paris Exposition

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Introduction by Jacqueline Francis, Stephen G. Hall. Foreword by David Adjaye. Contribution by Henry Louis Gates Jr.

REDSTONE PRESS

ISBN: 9781942884538
USD $35.00
| CAN $39.95 UK £ 30

Pub Date: 10/29/2019
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Bodys Isek Kingelez

BODYS ISEK KINGELEZ

Edited with text by Sarah Suzuki. Text by David Adjaye, Chika Okeke-Agulu, et al.

THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK

ISBN: 9781633450547
USD $35.00
| CAN $47.5

Pub Date: 5/22/2018
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Charles White: Black Pope

CHARLES WHITE: BLACK POPE

Text by Esther Adler.

THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK

ISBN: 9781633450271
USD $26.95
| CAN $37

Pub Date: 10/24/2017
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Connecting Afro Futures

CONNECTING AFRO FUTURES

KERBER

ISBN: 9783735606150
USD $40.00
| CAN $55

Pub Date: 10/22/2019
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Dancehall

DANCEHALL

By Beth Lesser. Edited by Stuart Baker.

SOUL JAZZ BOOKS

ISBN: 9780957260085
USD $34.95
| CAN $45.95

Pub Date: 10/24/2017
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David Hammons: Body Prints, 1968–1979

DAVID HAMMONS: BODY PRINTS, 1968–1979

Introduction by Laura Hoptman. Conversation by Linda Goode Bryant, Senga Nengudi. Photographs and essay by Bruce W. Talamon.

THE DRAWING CENTER

ISBN: 9780942324419
USD $28.00
| CAN $38 UK £ 22.5

Pub Date: 3/30/2021
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Faith Ringgold

FAITH RINGGOLD

Foreword by Emily Wei Rales, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Katarina Pierre. Text by Michele Wallace.

GLENSTONE MUSEUM/SERPENTINE/BILDMUSEET

ISBN: 9780999802960
USD $50.00
| CAN $68

Pub Date: 10/26/2021
Forthcoming


Four Generations

FOUR GENERATIONS

GREGORY R. MILLER & CO.

ISBN: 9781941366264
USD $55.00
| CAN $75 UK £ 50

Pub Date: 11/26/2019
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Francis Kéré: Radically Simple

FRANCIS KéRé: RADICALLY SIMPLE

Edited with text by Andres Lepik, Ayça Beygo.

HATJE CANTZ

ISBN: 9783775742177
USD $49.95
| CAN $67.5

Pub Date: 4/25/2017
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GET OUT

By Jordan Peele. Text by Tananarive Due.

INVENTORY PRESS

ISBN: 9781941753286
USD $19.95
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Pub Date: 11/26/2019
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Gordon Parks: Pittsburgh Grease Plant, 1944/46

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Edited by Dan Leers. Text by Philip Brookman, Mark Whitaker, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Peter W. Kunhardt, Jr., Eric Crosby.

STEIDL/THE GORDON PARKS FOUNDATION/CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF ART

ISBN: 9783969990056
USD $48.00
| CAN $65

Pub Date: 2/1/2022
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Gordon Parks: The Atmosphere of Crime, 1957

GORDON PARKS: THE ATMOSPHERE OF CRIME, 1957

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STEIDL/THE GORDON PARKS FOUNDATION

ISBN: 9783958296961
USD $40.00
| CAN $56

Pub Date: 6/16/2020
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Jack Whitten: Odyssey

JACK WHITTEN: ODYSSEY

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GREGORY R. MILLER & CO.

ISBN: 9781941366172
USD $55.00
| CAN $72.5 UK £ 50

Pub Date: 6/12/2018
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Jacob Lawrence: The Migration Series

JACOB LAWRENCE: THE MIGRATION SERIES

THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK

ISBN: 9781633450400
USD $35.00
| CAN $47.5

Pub Date: 2/28/2017
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Jean-Michel Basquiat

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT

Text by Dieter Buchhart, Glenn O'Brien, Jean-Louis Prat, Susanne Reichling.

HATJE CANTZ

ISBN: 9783775725934
USD $65.00
| CAN $87

Pub Date: 11/30/2010
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Jean-Michel Basquiat

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT

By Rudy Chiappini.

SKIRA

ISBN: 9788876242649
USD $65.00
| CAN $85

Pub Date: 7/12/2005
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JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT: XEROX

Edited with text by Dieter Buchhart. Text by Christopher Stackhouse, Eric Robertson.

HATJE CANTZ/NAHMAD CONTEMPORARY

ISBN: 9783775745857
USD $60.00
| CAN $85

Pub Date: 10/8/2019
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WALTHER KöNIG, KöLN

ISBN: 9783960989035
USD $45.00
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Pub Date: 10/26/2021
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Kara Walker: A Black Hole Is Everything a Star Longs to Be

KARA WALKER: A BLACK HOLE IS EVERYTHING A STAR LONGS TO BE

Edited with text by Anita Haldemann. Foreword by Kara Walker. Text by Maurice Berger, Aria Dean.

JRP|EDITIONS

ISBN: 9783037645574
USD $65.00
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Pub Date: 3/30/2021
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LaToya Ruby Frazier: Flint Is Family In Three Acts

LATOYA RUBY FRAZIER: FLINT IS FAMILY IN THREE ACTS

Edited with text by Michal Raz-Russo. Text by LaToya Ruby Frazier, Community Members of Flint, Leigh Raiford, Peter W. Kunhardt, Jr.

STEIDL/THE GORDON PARKS FOUNDATION

ISBN: 9783958297531
USD $65.00
| CAN $88

Pub Date: 12/7/2021
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Lee Friedlander: Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom

LEE FRIEDLANDER: PRAYER PILGRIMAGE FOR FREEDOM

Text by Martin Luther King, Jr., A. Philip Randolph, Roy Wilkins.

EAKINS PRESS FOUNDATION

ISBN: 9780871300713
USD $45.00
| CAN $55 UK £ 40

Pub Date: 9/15/2015
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Louisiana Medley: Photographs by Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick

LOUISIANA MEDLEY: PHOTOGRAPHS BY KEITH CALHOUN AND CHANDRA MCCORMICK

Edited by Kathryn E. Delmez. Text by Susan H. Edwards, Makeda Djata Best, Deborah Willis.

THE FRIST CENTER FOR THE VISUAL ARTS

ISBN: 9780998681771
USD $29.95
| CAN $39.95 UK £ 27

Pub Date: 5/22/2018
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Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Fly In League With The Night

LYNETTE YIADOM-BOAKYE: FLY IN LEAGUE WITH THE NIGHT

Edited with text by Isabella Maidment, Andrea Schlieker. Text by Elizabeth Alexander, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.

D.A.P./TATE

ISBN: 9781942884651
USD $55.00
| CAN $76.95

Pub Date: 12/8/2020
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Mel D. Cole: American Protest

MEL D. COLE: AMERICAN PROTEST

DAMIANI

ISBN: 9788862087544
USD $45.00
| CAN $61

Pub Date: 10/19/2021
Forthcoming


Michael Jackson: On the Wall

MICHAEL JACKSON: ON THE WALL

Edited with text by Nicholas Cullinan. Text by Margo Jefferson, Zadie Smith.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

ISBN: 9781855147119
USD $49.95
| CAN $67.5

Pub Date: 8/28/2018
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Mickalene Thomas: I Can’t See You Without Me

MICKALENE THOMAS: I CAN’T SEE YOU WITHOUT ME

Foreword by Sherri Geldin. Text by Nicole R. Fleetwood, Michael Goodson, Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Antwaun Sargent.

WEXNER CENTER FOR THE ARTS

ISBN: 9781881390572
USD $39.95
| CAN $53.95 UK £ 35

Pub Date: 11/20/2018
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Muhammad Ali: Fighter's Heaven 1974

MUHAMMAD ALI: FIGHTER'S HEAVEN 1974

Foreword by D.A. Pennebaker.

REEL ART PRESS

ISBN: 9781909526389
USD $49.95
| CAN $67.5

Pub Date: 8/23/2016
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Namsa Leuba: Crossed Looks

NAMSA LEUBA: CROSSED LOOKS

Text by Joseph Gergel, Emmanuel Iduma, Mary Trent.

DAMIANI

ISBN: 9788862087520
USD $55.00
| CAN $75

Pub Date: 10/19/2021
Forthcoming


Nigeria: The Cover Art of Nigerian Music

NIGERIA: THE COVER ART OF NIGERIAN MUSIC

Edited by Stuart Baker.

SOUL JAZZ BOOKS

ISBN: 9780957260078
USD $50.00
| CAN $68

Pub Date: 11/23/2021
Forthcoming


Pathé'O

PATHé'O

EDITION PATRICK FREY

ISBN: 9783907236239
USD $65.00
| CAN $88

Pub Date: 12/7/2021
Forthcoming


Postcards from Africa

POSTCARDS FROM AFRICA

Text by Christraud M. Geary.

MFA PUBLICATIONS, MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON

ISBN: 9780878468553
USD $45.00
| CAN $60 UK £ 35

Pub Date: 9/25/2018
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Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America

RECONSTRUCTIONS: ARCHITECTURE AND BLACKNESS IN AMERICA

THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK

ISBN: 9781633451148
USD $45.00
| CAN $63

Pub Date: 3/2/2021
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Separate Cinema: The First 100 Years of Black Poster Art

SEPARATE CINEMA: THE FIRST 100 YEARS OF BLACK POSTER ART

Edited by John Duke Kisch, Tony Nourmand. Foreword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Text by John Duke Kisch, Peter Doggett. Afterword by Spike Lee.

REEL ART PRESS

ISBN: 9781909526068
USD $45.00
| CAN $60

Pub Date: 10/6/2014
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Shantell Martin: Lines

SHANTELL MARTIN: LINES

Text by Katharine Stout. Interview by Hans Ulrich Obrist.

HENI PUBLISHING

ISBN: 9781912122271
USD $45.00
| CAN $62

Pub Date: 4/7/2020
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Somaya Critchlow: Paintings

SOMAYA CRITCHLOW: PAINTINGS

Text by Amanda Renshaw.

SKIRA

ISBN: 9788857244815
USD $40.00
| CAN $56

Pub Date: 12/14/2021
Forthcoming


Sory Sanlé: Volta Photo

SORY SANLé: VOLTA PHOTO

Edited with text by Matthew S. Witkovsky. Text by Antawan Byrd, Florent Mazzoleni.

STEIDL/THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO

ISBN: 9783958294004
USD $40.00
| CAN $54

Pub Date: 6/26/2018
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Soul of a Nation

SOUL OF A NATION

D.A.P./TATE

ISBN: 9781942884170
USD $39.95
| CAN $53.95

Pub Date: 9/26/2017
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Sue Kwon: RAP IS RISEN

SUE KWON: RAP IS RISEN

Foreword by Harry Allen. Introduction by Jeff Mao.

TESTIFY BOOKS

ISBN: 9781732062917
USD $50.00
| CAN $68

Pub Date: 11/16/2021
Forthcoming


The Journey: New Positions in African Photography

THE JOURNEY: NEW POSITIONS IN AFRICAN PHOTOGRAPHY

KERBER

ISBN: 9783735606822
USD $69.95
| CAN $97.95

Pub Date: 4/13/2021
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The Soul of a Nation Reader

THE SOUL OF A NATION READER

Edited with text by Mark Godfrey, Allie Biswas. Afterword by Zoé Whitley.

GREGORY R. MILLER & CO.

ISBN: 9781941366325
USD $39.95
| CAN $55.95 UK £ 34.99

Pub Date: 6/1/2021
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Vincent Desailly: The Trap

VINCENT DESAILLY: THE TRAP

Edited by Nadine Barth. Text by Gucci Mane.

HATJE CANTZ

ISBN: 9783775746960
USD $44.00
| CAN $62

Pub Date: 1/28/2020
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Whitewalling: Art, Race & Protest in 3 Acts

WHITEWALLING: ART, RACE & PROTEST IN 3 ACTS

By Aruna D'Souza.

BADLANDS UNLIMITED

ISBN: 9781943263141
USD $19.99
| CAN $27.95

Pub Date: 5/22/2018
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Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation

WRITING THE FUTURE: BASQUIAT AND THE HIP-HOP GENERATION

Edited by Liz Munsell, Greg Tate. Text by J. Faith Almiron, Dakota DeVos, Hua Hsu, Carlo McCormick.

MFA PUBLICATIONS, MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON

ISBN: 9780878468713
USD $50.00
| CAN $69.95 UK £ 35

Pub Date: 5/5/2020
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Young, Gifted and Black: A New Generation of Artists

YOUNG, GIFTED AND BLACK: A NEW GENERATION OF ARTISTS

D.A.P.

ISBN: 9781942884590
USD $49.95
| CAN $69.95 UK £ 45

Pub Date: 9/22/2020
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MICKALENE THOMAS MONOGRAPHS + ARTIST'S BOOKS

Mickalene Thomas: I Can’t See You Without Me

MICKALENE THOMAS: I CAN’T SEE YOU WITHOUT ME

Foreword by Sherri Geldin. Text by Nicole R. Fleetwood, Michael Goodson, Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Antwaun Sargent.

WEXNER CENTER FOR THE ARTS

ISBN: 9781881390572
USD $39.95
| CAN $53.95 UK £ 35

Pub Date: 11/20/2018
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