The following post is simply a few new titles that have been released since the last Booklist, consisting of a compilation of reviews from various publishers' notes and other source materials:
1. Art for Equality (Jenny Woodley, author; published by University Press of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky).
2. Common Wealth: Art by African Americans in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Lowery Stokes Sims, author with contributions by Dennis Carr, Janet L. Comey, Elliot Bostwick Davis, Aiden Faust, Nonie Gadsden, Edmund Barry Gaither, Karen Haas, Erica E. Hirshler, Kelly Hays L'Ecuyer, Taylor L. Poulin, and Karen Quinn).
3. Kehinde Wiley: The World Stage Jamaica (Ekow Eshun, essay; Kehinde Wiley. Published by Stephen Friedman Gallery, London).
4. Kerry James Marshall: Painting and Other Stuff (Okwui Enwezor, Navc Haq, Dieter Roelstraete, Sofie Vermeiren (authors/contributors); Kerry James Marshall. Published by Ludion, Antwerp, Belgium).
The Notion of Family includes 156 pages, 100 duotone images and 32 four-color video stills. "In this, her first book, LaToya Ruby Frazier offers an incisive exploration of the legacy of racism and economic decline in America’s small towns, as embodied by her hometown of Braddock, Pennsylvania. 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. Frazier has compellingly set her story of three generations—her Grandma Ruby, her mother, and herself—against larger questions of civic belonging and responsibility. The work documents her own struggles and interactions with family and the expectations of community, and includes the documentation of 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 'coauthor, artist, photographer, and subject. Our relationship primarily exists through a process of making images together. I see beauty in all her imperfections and abuse.' In the creation of these collaborative works, Frazier reinforces the idea of art and 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."
6. Mark Bradford through Darkest America by Truck and Tank (Christopher Bedford, Susan May, Honey Luard, authors/contributors); Published by White Cube Gallery, London.
7. Represent: 200 Years of African American Art in the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, author; Richard J. Powell, introduction); Published by Yale University Press, New Haven, Connecticut.
The first major publication to focus on the museum’s diverse collection of works by African American artists, this volume also offers a fresh scholarly perspective on African American art from the early 19th century to the present."
The Visual Blues, a traveling exhibition, explores the enormous impact that blues and jazz music emanating from the Deep South and moving north had on artists associated with the Harlem Renaissance. The Visual Blues shows how the artists and musicians of the Harlem Renaissance blurred artistic boundaries, drawing inspiration from each other and contributing to each other's art forms. The art scene in Harlem from 1919 to approximately 1940 encouraged a melding of art, music, literature, and poetry, providing a creative haven and outlet for transcending hardships and shattering racial stereotypes. The exhibition features a wide range of artists, some of whom already have established reputations and art markets, and others who are under-recognized and are rarely seen publicly. The exhibition comprises sixty-four paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, and sculptures by some of the most recognized and celebrated African-American artists of the Harlem Renaissance." This catalogue accompanies the exhibition.