PUBLISHER
Aperture

BOOK FORMAT
Clth, 9.5 x 10.75 in. / 156 pgs / 32 color / 100 duotone.

PUBLISHING STATUS
Pub Date
No longer our product

DISTRIBUTION
Contact Publisher

PRODUCT DETAILS
ISBN 9781597112482 FLAT40
List Price: $60.00 CDN $70.00

AVAILABILITY
Not Available

BROWSE THE 2019 FALL CATALOG

Preview our Fall 2019 catalog, featuring more than 500 new books on art, photography, design, architecture, film, music and visual culture.

  

APERTURE

LaToya Ruby Frazier: The Notion of Family

Interview by Dawoud Bey. Text by Laura Wexler, Dennis C. Dickerson.

Featured image, "Momme Heads" video still (2008), is reproduced from <I>LaToya Ruby Frazier: The Notion of Family</I>.In this, her first book, LaToya Ruby Frazier (born 1982) offers an incisive exploration of the legacy of racism and economic decline in America's small towns, as embodied by Braddock, Pennsylvania, Frazier's hometown. The work also considers the impact of that decline on the community and on her family, creating a statement both personal and truly political--an intervention in the histories and narratives of the region that are dominated by stories of Andrew Carnegie and Pittsburgh's industrial past, but largely ignore those of black families and the working classes. Frazier has set her story of three generations--her Grandma Ruby, her mother and herself--against larger questions of civic belonging and responsibility. The work also documents the demise of Braddock's only hospital, reinforcing the idea that the history of a place is frequently written on the body as well as the landscape. With The Notion of Family, Frazier knowingly acknowledges and expands upon the traditions of classic black-and-white documentary photography, enlisting the participation of her family, and her mother in particular. As Frazier says, her mother is "co-author, artist, photographer and subject. Our relationship primarily exists through a process of making images together. I see beauty in all her imperfections and abuse." Frazier's work reinforces the idea of image-making as a transformative act, a means of resetting traditional power dynamics and narratives, both those of her family and those of the community at large. Frazier is a 2014 Guggenheim fellow.

Featured image, "Momme Heads" video still (2008), is reproduced from LaToya Ruby Frazier: The Notion of Family.

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

TIME Lightbox

Phil Bicker

In her first book, Frazier explores themes of economic inequity, racism and personal politics through three generations of her own family, and documents the tolls that big injustices can have on small families and communities alike.

The New York Times - Lens

Maurice Berger

Frazier reimagines the tradition of social documentary photography by approaching a community not as a curious or concerned outsider but as a vulnerable insider.

Hyperallergic

Jillian Steinhauer

The first photograph after the title page in this book is a tightly cropped shot of a welcome sign for “Historic Braddock” (sponsored jointly by three companies that make air fresheners, odor control products, and do pest control). The second is an expansive aerial view of Braddock’s historic steel mill; the third a portrait of Frazier, topless, her hair messy and her gaze unflinching. In three strokes, the artist maps the terrain of her exploration: the family not only as a personal unit but as a broader community, existing in the wider world and intractably affected by it. Frazier’s challenging and haunting photographs have previously brought this story to museums and galleries, but in this, her first book, she adds writing to create a powerfully stark family portrait. The brilliance of this volume, and Frazier’s work, is in the way it manages to be both documentary and art, deeply intimate and widely important, relentless but so very necessary.

Bookforum

The Editors

Frazier offers a perspective from the inside, and her images achieve a muted power without being sentimental or sensational.

LaToya Ruby Frazier: The Notion of Family

FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/10/2014

LaToya Ruby Frazier: The Notion of Family

LaToya Ruby Frazier: The Notion of Family

"As the work has grown over the years, I have tried to edit and frame it in ways so that viewers can imagine themselves a part of it. We all come from families and communities that are affected by local economies and industry. Themes like the body and landscape, familial and communal history, and private and public space are all universal. When viewers look into my photographs and texts I want them to feel deeply touched in a way that transcends race, class and gender, if only for one moment… This book is more than an art book of photographs. It is a history book that lends itself to art history; the history of photography; American history; American studies; women gender and sexuality studies; comparative literature studies; health studies; social and economic studies; labor studies; race relation studies; and more. It is my testimony and fight for social justice." Featured photograph, "Momme (Floral Comforter)" (2008), and excerpt from Latoya Ruby Frazier's published conversation with Dawoud Bey are reproduced from The Notion of Family, Frazier's superb new monograph from Aperture. continue to blog


LATOYA RUBY FRAZIER MONOGRAPHS + ARTIST'S BOOKS

LaToya Ruby Frazier: And from the Coaltips a Tree Will Rise

LATOYA RUBY FRAZIER: AND FROM THE COALTIPS A TREE WILL RISE

Text by Denis Gielen, Joanna Leroy, Jean-Marc Prévost.

MAC'S GRAND HORNU

ISBN: 9782930368702
USD $45.00
| CAN $60

Pub Date: 11/21/2017
Active | In stock



print icon


arrow back


arrow next


ARTBOOK LOGO
 
 

the art world's source for books on art & culture

  

CUSTOMER SERVICE
orders@artbook.com
212 627 1999
M-F 9-5 EST

TRADE ACCOUNTS

800 338 2665

CONTACT

JOBS + INTERNSHIPS

NEW YORK
Showroom by Appointment Only
75 Broad Street, Suite 630
New York NY 10004
Tel   212 627 1999

LOS ANGELES
Showroom by Appointment Only
818 S. Broadway, Suite 700
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Tel. 323 969 8985

ARTBOOK LLC
D.A.P. | Distributed Art Publishers, Inc.


All site content Copyright C 2000-2017 by Distributed Art Publishers, Inc. and the respective publishers, authors, artists. For reproduction permissions, contact the copyright holders.

ARTBOOK AMPERSAT

The D.A.P. Catalog
www.artbook.com