Although there has been a continuation of the trend to publish more fine art books, focusing on African American art, those numbers are still not large and may be considered dismal in relationship to publications focusing on American art. However, their numbers have increased, and the following are a few of the latest titles to consider for your book shelf:
- Chapin, Mary Weaver. The Prints of Warrington Colescott: A Catalogue Raisonné, 1948-2008. Madison, Wisconsin: The University of Wisconsin Press in collaboration with Milwaukee Art Museum, 2010. $85.00
This exhaustive catalogue covers every known print work of Warrington Colescott through 2008."The catalogue documents and depicts all 354 of Colescott’s editioned prints, providing title, date, media, dimensions, and selected exhibition history and collections for each print, along with comments and anecdotes by Chapin and Colescott." The 352 page catalogue has 415 color illustrations. The Prints of Warrington Colescott...is a rarity in the field of African American art where very few titles (a catalogue raisonné) of this nature exist. This catalogue is the companion to the Milwaukee Art Museum's exhibition, Warrington Colescott: Cabaret, Comedy, and Satire, which is on view through September 26, 2010. For more details on the exhibit, visit http://www.mam.org/.
- Reich, Megan Lykins. Iona Rozeal Brown. Ostfildern, Germany: Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2010. € 29.80 (converts to approximately $35.66)
This catalogue was published in conjunction with the exhibition, Iona Rozeal Brown: All Falls Down at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland from January 29 - May 9, 2010. Consisting of 96 pages with 43 color illustrations, the texts is by Megan Lykins Reich,and there is an interview by Isolde Brielmaier with the artist. Iona Rozeal Brown "examines the struggle of young women to claim and exclaim their authentic selves. Through visually stunning and conceptually rich figurative paintings, Brown creates a complex, fantastical mythology that combines folklore, pop culture, autobiography, sociology, and art history."
Because this is a European publication, the U.S. price may vary at your local retailer.
- Vendryes, Margaret Rose. Beyond the Blues: Reflections of African America in the Fine Arts Collection of the Amistad Research Center. New Orleans: Amistad Research Center and New Orleans Museum of Art, 2010. $24.95
- King-Hammonds, Leslie. Hughie Lee-Smith. San Francisco: Pomegranate, 2010. $35.00
Hughie Lee-Smith is the eighth volume in the David Driskell Series of African American Art.
This book presents nearly sixty color plates from the artist's oeuvre. "The author, Leslie King Hammond, considers the powerful experiences that shaped Lee-Smith's visions, while a comprehensive chronology by Aiden Faust further inform the context of the artist's work." Hughie Lee-Smith includes historical family photographs and excerpts from Lee-Smith's own writings.
- Gaines, Malik and others. Mark Bradford: Merchant Posters. New York and Aspen: Gregory R. Miller and Company and Aspen Art Museum, 2010. $50.00
This fully illustrated catalogue gathers for the first time an extensive selection of Mark Bradford's gorgeous, searing and heavily textured merchant posters. Bradford describes himself as a builder and demolisher. “The original printed posters, collected by Bradford from around his Central Los Angeles neighborhood, are brightly colored local advertisements that target the area's vulnerable lower-income residents. For Bradford, they serve as both the formal and conceptual underpinnings of his works on paper, décollages/collages that engage with the pressures of the cityscape. ‘The sheer density of advertising creates a psychic mass, an overlay that can sometimes be very tense or aggressive,’he notes; ‘If there's a 20-foot wall with one advertisement for a movie about war, then you have the repetition of the same image over and over— war, violence, explosions, things being blown apart. As a citizen, you have to participate in that every day. You have to walk by until it's changed.’” Note that this is the first large-scale publication by a major publisher about the work of this important and increasingly influential artist who is a 2009 MacArthur Fellow.
- Sims, Lowery Stokes. William T. Williams: Variations on Themes. College Park, Maryland: David C. Driskell Center, 2010. $20.00