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BIOGRAPHIES, MEMOIRS, DIARIES

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Dancing Foxes Press/Brooklyn Museum

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Hardcover, 6.75 x 9.5 in. / 176 pgs / 80 color.

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Catalog: SPRING 2024 p. 4   

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God Made My Face: A Collective Portrait of James Baldwin

Edited with text by Hilton Als. Text by Stephen Best, Daphne A. Brooks, Teju Cole, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Barry Jenkins, Jamaica Kincaid, David Leeming, Darryl Pinckney.

God Made My Face: A Collective Portrait of James Baldwin

Baldwin’s life and legacy as remembered by a pantheon of artists and writers: from Jamaica Kincaid and Barry Jenkins to Richard Avedon and Alice Neel

When author James Baldwin died in 1987, he left behind an extraordinary body of work: novels, poems, film scripts and, perhaps most indelibly, essays. A friend and supporter of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Medgar Evers, Baldwin was a critical voice in the civil rights movement. After reaching acclaim in his early career as a writer, he struggled to retain the author’s “I,” while taking on the “we” of the people.
Edited by Pulitzer Prize–winning author Hilton Als and growing out of his landmark exhibition at David Zwirner in 2019, God Made My Face brings together an impressive assembly of contributors, ranging from Baldwin biographer David Leeming to novelist Jamaica Kincaid and Moonlight director Barry Jenkins, to create a memorial mosaic: one that not only mirrors Baldwin’s various tones but also closely examines his singular contributions to cinema, theater, the essay and Black American critical studies. These essays are illustrated by artwork from modern and contemporary artists who were either personal contemporaries of Baldwin or directly inspired by his work. In each piece assembled here, the authors speak from a personal, informed perspective, illuminating Baldwin’s deeply anguished and enlightened voice and his belief that, ultimately—because we are human—we share the potential to love, connect and live together in all our glory.
Artists include: Diane Arbus, Eugène Atget, Richard Avedon, Don Bachardy, Alvin Baltrop, Anthony Barboza, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Beauford Delaney, Marlene Dumas, Glenn Ligon, George McCalman, Alice Neel, Elle Pérez, Cameron Rowland, Kara Walker, James Welling, Larry Wolhandler.
Authors include:Stephen Best, Daphne A. Brooks, Teju Cole, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Barry Jenkins, Jamaica Kincaid, David Leeming, Darryl Pinckney.


Featured image is reproduced from 'God Made My Face: A Collective Portrait of James Baldwin.'

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Hesper Cane

Each of the essays takes an inherently personal stance, echoing Baldwin's willingness to strip bear before his readers.

Dirt

Michelle Santiago Cortés

The book encourages a reading so close that the author's own breath can be felt on the reader’s face.

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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CHEEYEON PARK | DATE 2/17/2024

Artbook @ MoMA PS1 Bookstore presents Hilton Als signing 'God Made My Face: A Collective Portrait of James Baldwin'

Artbook @ MoMA PS1 Bookstore presents Hilton Als launching 'God Made My Face: A Collective Portrait of James Baldwin'

Saturday Feb 17 at 4 PM, please join Artbook @ MoMA PS1 Bookstore to celebrate God Made My Face: A Collective Portrait of James Baldwin—published by Dancing Foxes Press and the Brooklyn Museum—with a signing by the book's editor, the acclaimed curator, author and educator Hilton Als.
Due to limited capacity, please RSVP here.
Pre-order a book signed by Hilton Als here. continue to blog


FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/12/2024

Hot book alert! ‘God Made My Face’ is NEW from Dancing Foxes Press and Brooklyn Museum

Hot book alert! ‘God Made My Face’ is NEW from Dancing Foxes Press and Brooklyn Museum

At last, editor Hilton Als’s highly anticipated tribute to the singular American writer and truth-teller James Baldwin, as told through the artworks and essays of some of the greatest, and most relevant, voices of our time, including Diane Arbus, Beauford Delaney, Alice Neel, Kara Walker, Teju Cole, Barry Jenkins and Darryl Pinckney, to name a few. Jamaica Kincaid writes, “When we make art, we don’t know how it will work out, what it will mean. The writing, the novels, the essays: He did them in a place and in a time, in a country, that has no real love of certain people and certain things and no real love of literature, no real love of Black people doing anything, really, that can’t be appropriated. We must remember that there are a great many things that African Americans have done, making something out of the despair and the horror of the mess they found themselves in, and that they’ve been simply lifted up out of their culture. The blind faith he had in just saying these things, writing these things, doing, living this life and not knowing how it would go. Would it be remembered? Would it vanish? He got inspiration, it seems to me, from the essential life that was going on in the country at the time, the essential life of America, which is something Americans would like to forget. The essential existence of America is the African American. Toni Morrison said that Baldwin was her brother and her ancestor, and that’s what he is for all of us.” continue to blog


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