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Books for Black History Month 2021

Young, Gifted and Black: A New Generation of ArtistsYoung, Gifted and Black: A New Generation of Artists
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Fly In League With The NightLynette Yiadom-Boakye: Fly In League With The Night
Black Lives 1900: W.E.B. Du Bois at the Paris ExpositionBlack Lives 1900: W.E.B. Du Bois at the Paris Exposition
Soul of a NationSoul of a Nation
Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop GenerationWriting the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation
Jacob Lawrence: The Migration SeriesJacob Lawrence: The Migration Series
Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in AmericaReconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America
Charles White: Black PopeCharles White: Black Pope
Beyond Mammy, Jezebel & SapphireBeyond Mammy, Jezebel & Sapphire
Black Art NotesBlack Art Notes
Jack Whitten: OdysseyJack Whitten: Odyssey
Basquiat's "Defacement"Basquiat's "Defacement"
Mickalene Thomas: I Can’t See You Without MeMickalene Thomas: I Can’t See You Without Me
Jean-Michel BasquiatJean-Michel Basquiat
Jean-Michel BasquiatJean-Michel Basquiat
Shantell Martin: LinesShantell Martin: Lines
30 Americans30 Americans
member: Pope.L, 1978–2001member: Pope.L, 1978–2001
Alison Saar: Of Aether and EartheAlison Saar: Of Aether and Earthe
Somaya Critchlow: PaintingsSomaya Critchlow: Paintings

Young, Gifted and Black: A New Generation of ArtistsYoung, Gifted and Black: A New Generation of Artists

The Lumpkin-Boccuzzi Family Collection of Contemporary Art

Published by D.A.P..
Edited with essay by Antwaun Sargent. Text by Graham C. Boettcher, Jessica Bell Brown, Connie H. Choi, Anthony Graham, Lauren Haynes, Jamillah James, Thomas J. Lax, Hallie Ringle, Adeze Wilford, Gordon Dearborn Wilkins, Matt Wycoff. Interview with Bernard Lumpkin by Thelma Golden.

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

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Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Fly In League With The NightLynette Yiadom-Boakye: Fly In League With The Night

Published by D.A.P./Tate.
Edited with text by Isabella Maidment, Andrea Schlieker. Text by Elizabeth Alexander, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.

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

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

How W.E.B. Du Bois combined photographs and infographics to communicate the everyday realities of Black lives and the inequities of race in America

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Soul of a NationSoul of a Nation

Art in the Age of Black Power

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Edited with text by Mark Godfrey, Zoé Whitley. Contributions by Linda Goode Bryant, Susan E. Cahan, David Driskell, Edmund Barry Gaither, Jae Jarrell, Wadsworth Jarrell, Samella Lewis.

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

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Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop GenerationWriting the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation

Published by MFA Publications, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Edited by Liz Munsell, Greg Tate. Text by J. Faith Almiron, Dakota DeVos, Hua Hsu, Carlo McCormick.

How hip-hop culture and graffiti electrified the art of Jean-Michel Basquiat and his contemporaries in 1980s New York

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Jacob Lawrence: The Migration SeriesJacob Lawrence: The Migration Series

Published by The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Edited by Leah Dickerman, Elsa Smithgall. Text by Elizabeth Alexander, Rita Dove, Nikky Finney, Terrance Hayes, Tyehimba Jess, Yusef Komunyakaa, Patricia Spears Jones, Natasha Trethewey, Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, Crystal Williams, Kevin Young.

Lawrence's landmark series on African American migration in context

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Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in AmericaReconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America

Published by The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Edited with text by Sean Anderson and Mabel O. Wilson. Preface by Robin D. G. Kelley. Text by Emanuel Admassu, Germane Barnes, Adrienne Brown, Sekou Cooke, Milton S. F. Curry, J. Yolande Daniels, Charles L. Davis II, Felecia Davis, Arièle Dionne-Krosnick, Aruna D’Souza, Ifeoma Ebo, Tonya M. Foster, Mario Gooden, Dianne Harris, Walter J. Hood, Olalekan Jeyifous, V. Mitch McEwen, Justin Garrett Moore, David Naguib Pellow, Jennifer Newsom, Audrey Petty, Christina Sharpe, Carla Shedd, Roberta Washington, Michelle Joan Wilkinson, Amanda Williams. Photographic portfolio by David Hartt.

How American architecture can address systemic anti-Black racism: a creative challenge in 10 case studies

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Charles White: Black PopeCharles White: Black Pope

Published by The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Text by Esther Adler.

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. White’s draftsmanship, his direct address of the social and political concerns of his time, and his commitment to media that gave his art wide circulation established him as a major artist, and one with significant influence both on his contemporaries and on later generations.

Beginning with White’s early days as an artist in the Chicago of the 1930s and ’40s, moving through his time spent developing his craft in New York in the late 1940s and ’50s, and closing with his final decades as a revered figure in Los Angeles, Charles White: Black Pope explores the artist’s practice and strategies through consideration of key works. It devotes particularly close examination to his late masterwork Black Pope (Sandwich Board Man)," in the collection of The Museum of Modern Art. By creating visually compelling, ideologically complex works that engage audiences on many levels, White established himself as a key figure of his time, one whose work continues to resonate today."

Esther Adler is Assistant Curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

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Beyond Mammy, Jezebel & SapphireBeyond Mammy, Jezebel & Sapphire

Reclaiming Images of Black Women

Published by Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation.
Edited by Sigrid Asmus. Introduction by Jessica Hunter-Larsen, Megan Valentine. Foreword by Catherine M. Pears. Text by Heidi R. Lewis, Roland Mitchell, Takiyah Nur Amin, Velva Boles, Claire Garcia, Jean Gumpper, Kate Leonard, Venetria K. Patton, Sha'Condria Sibley, Karen Riley Simmons, Claudine Taaffe.

Engaging a wide range of experiences, techniques and materials, the nine artists featured in this volume challenge the images of black women that continue to pervade our culture and influence perceptions: stereotypes such as the suffering mama, the angry black woman and the temptress. Brought together in this publication, works by Romare Bearden, Mildred Howard, Wangechi Mutu, Lorna Simpson, Kara Walker, Robert Colescott, Ellen Gallagher, Alison Saar and Mickalene Thomas disrupt expectations and replace simplistic narratives with nuanced, sophisticated meditations on contemporary identity.



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Black Art NotesBlack Art Notes

Published by Primary Information.
Edited with text by Tom Lloyd. Text by Amiri Baraka, Ray Elkins, Francis & Val Gray Ward, Jeff Donaldson, Melvin Dixon, Babatunde Folayemi, Bing Davis.

A prescient document of art-industry and museum critique from Black artists and writers, now in facsimile

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Jack Whitten: OdysseyJack Whitten: Odyssey

Sculpture 1963–2017

Published by Gregory R. Miller & Co..
Text by Katy Siegel, Kelly Baum, Jack Whitten, Richard Shiff, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Kellie Jones. Interview with Courtney Martin.

Jack Whitten was one of the most important artists of his generation. His paintings range from figurative work addressing civil rights in the 1960s to groundbreaking experimentation with abstraction in the '70s, '80s and '90s to recent work memorializing black historical figures such as James Baldwin and W.E.B. Du Bois.

Whitten began carving wood in the 1960s in order to understand African sculpture, both aesthetically and in terms of his own identity as an African American, and continued developing this practice throughout his life. For the first time ever, these revelatory works are collected in Odyssey, accompanying a landmark exhibition coorganized by the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Odyssey features the sculptures made by Whitten over the past 50 years, as well as the Black Monolith series of paintings, and Whitten's own archival photographs documenting his life and process. The catalog includes major new texts from exhibition curators Katy Siegel and Kelly Baum, as well as contributions from philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah, art historians Richard Shiff and Kellie Jones, a lengthy biographical interview with Whitten by art historian Courtney J. Martin and the essay "Why Do I Carve Wood?" by the artist himself.

Gorgeously illustrated with hundreds of illustrations and never-before-published photographs, Odyssey is a landmark exploration of one of the most significant artists of the 20th century, and a monument to a life and career that, as described by the Washington Post, "enriched the abstract tradition in Western art with fresh political and spiritual content."



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Basquiat's "Defacement"Basquiat's "Defacement"

The Untold Story

Published by Guggenheim Museum.
Text by Chaédria LaBouvier, Nancy Spector, J. Faith Almiron, Greg Tate. Contributions by Luc Sante, Carlo McCormick, Jeffrey Deitch, Kenny Scharf, Fred Braithwaite, Michelle Shocked, et al.

Police brutality, racism, graffiti and the art world of the early-1980s Lower East Side converge in one painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat

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Guggenheim Museum

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Paperback, 6.5 x 9.5 in. / 168 pgs / 60 color.

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Mickalene Thomas: I Can’t See You Without MeMickalene Thomas: I Can’t See You Without Me

Published by Wexner Center for the Arts.
Foreword by Sherri Geldin. Text by Nicole R. Fleetwood, Michael Goodson, Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Antwaun Sargent.

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. Whether depicted as classically composed 19th-century odalisques, Afro-adorned vixens of blaxploitation films or as a powerful maternal figure yearning for social mobility, the recurring models in Thomas' compositions (almost exclusively women of color) convey a spirit of strength and self-confidence. Across this archetypal array, it is both their contradictions and kinships that make the black female body such fertile terrain for the artist's ongoing investigations. By casting herself, her late mother and other formidable women in her life as models, muses and collaborators, Thomas particularizes her distinctive oeuvre of portraiture. Focused yet expansive, the catalog both reasserts and further contextualizes issues of identity, sexuality and agency in Thomas' work that have only become more nuanced and palpable over time.



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Wexner Center for the Arts

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Jean-Michel BasquiatJean-Michel Basquiat

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

The first African-American artist to attain art superstardom, Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) created a huge oeuvre of drawings and paintings (Julian Schnabel recalls him once accidentally leaving a portfolio of about 2,000 drawings on a subway car) in the space of just eight years. Through his street roots in graffiti, Basquiat helped to establish new possibilities for figurative and expressionistic painting, breaking the white male stranglehold of Conceptual and Minimal art, and foreshadowing, among other tendencies, Germany's Junge Wilde movement. It was not only Basquiat's art but also the details of his biography that made his name legendary--his early years as "Samo" (his graffiti artist moniker), his friendships with Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Madonna and his tragically early death from a heroin overdose. This superbly produced retrospective publication assesses Basquiat's luminous career with commentary by, among others, Glenn O'Brien, and 160 color reproductions of the work.

Jean-Michel Basquiat was born in Brooklyn, New York, to a Puerto Rican mother and a Haitian father--an ethnic mix that meant young Jean-Michel was fluent in French, Spanish and English by the age of 11. In 1977, at the age of 17, Basquiat took up graffiti, inscribing the landscape of downtown Manhattan with his signature "Samo." In 1980 he was included in the landmark group exhibition The Times Square Show; the following year, at the age of 21, Basquiat became the youngest artist ever to be invited to Documenta. By 1982, Basquiat had befriended Andy Warhol, later collaborating with him; Basquiat was much affected by Warhol's death in 1987. He died of a heroin overdose on August 22, 1988, at the age of 27.

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Hatje Cantz

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Jean-Michel BasquiatJean-Michel Basquiat

Published by Skira.
By Rudy Chiappini.

The brief but intense artistic career of this celebrated protagonist of New York's fabled downtown art scene of the 1980s

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Shantell Martin: LinesShantell Martin: Lines

Published by HENI Publishing.
Text by Katharine Stout. Interview by Hans Ulrich Obrist.

Martin has adorned walls, sneakers and textiles with her art, collaborating with the likes of Kendrick Lamar, the NYC Ballet, Nike and Tiffany

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30 Americans30 Americans

Rubell Family Collection, Fourth Edition

Published by Rubell Museum.
Edited by Juan Valadez. Preface by Rubell Family. Text by Franklin Sirmans, Glenn Ligon, Michele Wallace, Robert Hobbs.

Nationally celebrated as one of the most important exhibitions of contemporary art in the United States within the last decade, 30 Americans showcases an influential group of prominent African American artists who have emerged as leading contributors to the contemporary art scene in the US and beyond. The exhibition and accompanying catalog explores the evolving roles of black subjects in art since the 1970s and highlights some of the most pressing social and political issues facing our country today, including ongoing narratives of racial inequality; the construction of racial, gender and sexual identity; and the pernicious underpinnings and effects of stereotyping.

Many of the artists in this exhibition interrogate how African Americans are represented, politicized and contested in the arts, media and popular culture. Several are driven by the exclusion of black subjects in art throughout much of history and celebrate and glorify black subjects through pictorial traditions including genre painting and portraiture.

In addition to essays by Robert Hobbs, Glenn Ligon, Franklin Sirmans and Michele Wallace, this expanded fourth edition contains new artworks and 22 commissioned writings by artists in the exhibition about artworks in the catalog, including pieces by Nina Chanel Abney, John Bankston, Mark Bradford, Nick Cave, Robert Colescott, Noah Davis, Leonardo Drew, Renée Green,Barkley L. Hendricks, Rashid Johnson, Kerry James Marshall, Rodney McMillian, Wangechi Mutu, William Pope.L, Rozeal Shinique Smith, Jeff Sonhouse, Henry Taylor, Hank Willis Thomas, Mickalene Thomas, Kara Walker and Kehinde Wiley.



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member: Pope.L, 1978–2001member: Pope.L, 1978–2001

Published by The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Edited with text by Stuart Comer. Text by Naomi Beckwith, Mark H.C. Bessire, C. Carr, Valerie Cassel Oliver, Adrienne Edwards, Malik Gaines, Danielle A. Jackson, Adrian Heathfield, EJ Hill, Thomas J. Lax, André Lepecki, Yvonne Rainer, Martine Syms, Martha Wilson.

An absurdist provocateur and brilliant interventionist, Pope.L is a seditious force in contemporary American art

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The Museum of Modern Art, New York

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Hardcover, 8 x 10 in. / 144 pgs / 100 color.

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Alison Saar: Of Aether and EartheAlison Saar: Of Aether and Earthe

Published by Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College.
Edited with text by Rebecca McGrew, Irene Tsatsos. Text by Camille Dungy, Harryette Mullen, Alison Saar, Christina Sharpe, Evie Shockley. Interview by Irene Tsatsos.

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

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Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College

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Clth, 9.25 x 12.5 in. / 164 pgs / 60 color / 18 bw.

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Somaya Critchlow: PaintingsSomaya Critchlow: Paintings

Published by skira.
Text by Amanda Renshaw.

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

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Hardcover, 9.5 x 11 in. / 144 pgs / 100 color.

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