READ: Books for the Field

Kwame Brathwaite: Black Is Beautiful

Tanisha C. Ford (Author), Deborah Willis (Author), Kwame Brathwaite  (Photographer) | $30
Inspired by the writings of activist and black nationalist Marcus Garvey, Brathwaite, along with his older brother, Elombe Brath, founded the African Jazz Arts Society and Studios (AJASS) and the Grandassa Models (1962). AJASS was a collective of artists, playwrights, designers, and dancers; Grandassa Models was a modeling agency for black women, founded to challenge white beauty standards. From stunning studio portraits of the Grandassa Models to behind-the-scenes images of Harlem’s artistic community, this book offers a long-overdue exploration of Brathwaite’s life and work.

Exhibiting Blackness: African Americans and the American Art Museum

Exhibiting Blackness: African Americans and the American Art Museum

Bridget R. Cooks | $30
In “Exhibiting Blackness,” art historian Bridget R. Cooks analyzes the curatorial strategies, challenges and critical receptions of the most significant museum exhibitions of African American art. Tracing two dominant methodologies used to exhibit art by African Americans―an ethnographic approach that focuses more on artists than their art, and a recovery narrative aimed at correcting past omissions―Cooks exposes the issues involved in exhibiting cultural difference that continue to challenge art history, historiography, and American museum exhibition practices.

Seven Days in the Art World

Seven Days in the Art World

Sarah Thornton | $15
An international hit, now available in twenty translations ― reveals the inner workings of the sophisticated subcultures that make up the contemporary art world. In a series of day-in-the-life narratives set in New York, Los Angeles, London, Basel, Venice and Tokyo, “Seven Days in the Art World” explores the dynamics of creativity, taste, status, money, and the search for meaning in life.

Boom: Mad Money, Mega Dealers, and the Rise of Contemporary Art

Boom: Mad Money, Mega Dealers, and the Rise of Contemporary Art

Michael Shnayerson | $13
Dealers operate within a private world of handshake agreements, negotiating for the highest commissions. Michael Shnayerson, a longtime contributing editor to Vanity Fair, writes the first ever definitive history of their activities. He has spoken to all of today’s so-called mega dealers-Larry Gagosian, David Zwirner, Arne and Marc Glimcher, and Iwan Wirth-along with dozens of other dealers-from Irving Blum to Gavin Brown-who worked with the greatest artists of their times: Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly, and more.

Hale Woodruff, Nancy Elizabeth Prophet, and the Academy

Hale Woodruff, Nancy Elizabeth Prophet, and the Academy

Amalia K. Amaki, Hale Woodruff, Nancy Elizabeth Prophet, Andrea Barnwell Brownlee |$25 
African American artists Woodruff and Prophet both worked in Paris before becoming colleagues at the Atlanta University Center in the 1930s. This generously illustrated work considers various aspects of the artists’ lives, and their impact as teachers and mentors.