David Hammons Is on Our Mind

CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts #ad - It then introduces a series of photographs the artist sent to the Wattis Institute in 2017, interspersed with texts by the Bay Area poet Tongo Eisen-Martin and the writer and critic Fred Moten. In 2016–17, the american artist David Hammons born 1943 was "on our mind. The book begins with the previously unpublished transcript of a rare artist talk given by Hammons in 1994 at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, on the occasion of his exhibition there.

Much like hammons’ work, this publication raises more questions than it answers. Rather than functioning as a comprehensive introduction to the artist, David Hammons Is on Our Mind offers visual and textual elements that relate obliquely to the enigmatic artist’s oeuvre. The cca wattis institute for contemporary Arts, an exhibition space and research institute in San Francisco, dedicates year-long seasons of discussions and public events to a single artist.


David Hammons: Bliz-aard Ball Sale Afterall Books / One Work

Afterall Books #ad - Its details were as elusive as the artist himself; even its exact date was unrecorded. Like so much of the artist's work, to slip between our fingers―to trouble the grasp of the market, it seems, it was conceived, as much as of history and knowability. In this engaging study, uncovering rare images and documents, Elena Filipovic collects a vast oral history of the ephemeral action, and giving us singular insight into an artist who made an art of making himself difficult to find.

. Drawing on unpublished documents and oral histories, an illustrated examination of an iconic artwork of an artist who has made a lifework of tactical evasion. One wintry day in 1983, alongside other street sellers in the East Village, David Hammons peddled snowballs of various sizes. He called the evanescent and unannounced street action bliz-aard ball sale, the art world, thus inscribing it into a body of work that, has used a lexicon of ephemeral actions and self-consciously “black" materials to comment on the nature of the artwork, from the late 1960s to the present, and race in America.

David Hammons: Bliz-aard Ball Sale Afterall Books / One Work #ad - And although bliz-aard ball sale has been frequently cited and is increasingly influential, it has long been known only through a mix of eyewitness rumors and a handful of photographs. And through it, ” and even “race” into categories that shift and dissolve, ” “performance, ” “commodity, she reveals Bliz-aard Ball Sale to be the backbone of a radical artistic oeuvre that transforms such notions as “art, much like slowly melting snowballs.

He had neatly laid them out in graduated rows and spent the day acting as obliging salesman.


Henry Taylor

Rizzoli Electa #ad - For three decades the iconic artist has worked his way through New York, and Africa, Los Angeles, Europe, documenting what he sees. Legendary artist henry Taylor's first major monograph chronicles his life and work--the "visual equivalent of the blues. This definitive survey of over 200 of the painter's portraits and street scenes forms a personal and political portrait of society today.

In his circle are artists, writers, performers, musicians, as well as friends from his ten years as a psychiatric technician. Suites of taylor's paintings are reproduced alongside handwritten accounts of the sittings, offering an in-depth understanding of the artist's world. This definitive monograph celebrates Taylor's direct and revealing portraits, offering a tonic to a divisive cultural moment.

Henry Taylor #ad - It is the artist's empathetic eye that allows him to imagine his figures with authenticity and grace--not better than they are, or more glamorous--but part of a big, complicated world. Contributions by charles gaines, and zadie Smith touch on the nature of truth, Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah, Sarah Lewis, racial terror; memory and belonging in America.

Flat, brushy flows of color cast figures that often float in surreal landscapes abstracted from the barbeque in the park, or neighboring street.


Jack Whitten: Notes from the Woodshed

Hauser & Wirth Publishers #ad - From 1960 to 1964 he studied art at cooper union, New York, falling in with the abstract expressionists of the day Willem de Kooning was a particular influence and mentor. Jack whitten's writings articulate his tireless reinvention of abstractiona black man who grew up in the Jim Crow South, Jack Whitten 1939–2018 arrived in New York in 1959 and began a wide-ranging exploration into the nature of painting and art-making that would sustain more than five decades of work.

Edited by katy siegel, one of whitten's long-standing champions, this volume offers an intimate look at the artist in his element―in the studio. Jack whitten 1939–2018 was born in bessemer, and studied art at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Alabama, Louisiana, where he became involved in civil rights demonstrations.

This publication comes at a crucial time; after decades of neglect, the art world has just begun to take stock of what Whitten achieved in his body of work. After that, i freeze paint, i laminate paint, I grind paint, I boil paint, all bets were off:" I cut paint, " he said. Approaching abstraction as scientist and mystic, Whitten probed the expressive and material possibilities of painting.

Jack Whitten: Notes from the Woodshed #ad - Whitten lived in queens, new York, where he died on January 20, 2018. In 2014, a retrospective exhibition was organized by the museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, traveling to the Wexner Center for the Arts in 2015 and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis in 2015 and 2016. The whitney mounted a solo exhibition of his paintings in 1974; in 1983 the Studio Museum in Harlem held a 10-year retrospective.


Jack Whitten: Odyssey: Sculpture 1963-2017

Gregory R. Miller & Co. #ad - Martin and the essay "Why Do I Carve Wood?" by the artist himself. Gorgeously illustrated with hundreds of illustrations and never-before-published photographs, and a monument to a life and career that, as described by the Washington Post, Odyssey is a landmark exploration of one of the most significant artists of the 20th century, "enriched the abstract tradition in Western art with fresh political and spiritual content.

". 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.

Jack Whitten: Odyssey: Sculpture 1963-2017 #ad - 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. 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. The catalog includes major new texts from exhibition curators Katy Siegel and Kelly Baum, art historians Richard Shiff and Kellie Jones, as well as contributions from philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah, a lengthy biographical interview with Whitten by art historian Courtney J.


Charles White: A Retrospective

Art Institute of Chicago #ad - A preface by kerry james marshall addresses White’s significance as a mentor to an entire generation of practitioners and underlines the importance of this largely overlooked artist. This comprehensive study offers a much-needed reexamination of the artist’s career and legacy. With handsome reproductions of white’s finest paintings, the volume introduces his work to contemporary audiences, and prints, drawings, reclaims his place in the art-historical narrative, and stresses the continuing relevance of his insistent dedication to producing positive social change through art.

 . A revelatory reassessment of one of the most influential american artists of the 20th century  Charles White 1918–1979 is best known for bold, large-scale paintings and drawings of African Americans, meticulously executed works that depict human relationships and socioeconomic struggles with a remarkable sensitivity.

Charles White: A Retrospective #ad - Tracing white’s career from his emergence in chicago to his mature practice as an artist, the relationship between his art and his teaching, his work as a photographer, and educator in New York and Los Angeles, leading experts provide insights into White’s creative process, his political activism and interest in history, activist, and the importance of feminism in his work.


Between Worlds: The Art of Bill Traylor

Princeton University Press #ad - After six more decades of farm labor, he moved, aging and alone, into segregated Montgomery. This beautiful and carefully researched book assesses Traylor’s biography and stylistic development, conveying enduring, and for the first time interprets his scenes as ongoing narratives, interrelated themes.

Between worlds reveals one man’s visual record of African American life as a window into the overarching story of his nation. Published in association with the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Between worlds presents an unparalleled look at the work of this enigmatic and dazzling artist, who blended common imagery with arcane symbolism, narration with abstraction, and personal vision with the beliefs and folkways of his time.

Between Worlds: The Art of Bill Traylor #ad - Traylor was about twelve when the Civil War ended. Upon his death he left behind over a thousand pieces of art. In the last years of his life, he drew and painted works depicting plantation memories and the rising world of African American culture. 1853–1949 came to art-making on his own and found his creative voice without guidance; today he is remembered as a renowned American artist.

Between worlds convenes 205 of his most powerful creations, including a number that have been previously unpublished. A major new look at the work of one of America’s foremost self-taught artistsBill Traylor ca. Traylor was born into slavery on an alabama plantation, and his experiences spanned multiple worlds―black and white, Jim Crow, Reconstruction, rural and urban, old and new―as well as the crucibles that indelibly shaped America―the Civil War, and the Great Migration.


The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations

Knopf #ad - It is divided into three parts: the first is introduced by a powerful prayer for the dead of 9/11; the second by a searching meditation on Martin Luther King Jr. And the last by a heart-wrenching eulogy for James Baldwin. Arguably the most celebrated and revered writer of our time now gives us a new nonfiction collection--a rich gathering of her essays, speeches, and art, culture, and meditations on society, spanning four decades.

The source of self-regard is brimming with all the elegance of mind and style, the literary prowess and moral compass that are Toni Morrison's inimitable hallmark. And here too is piercing commentary on her own work including the bluest Eye, Sula, Tar Baby, Beloved, and Paradise and that of others, author Toni Cade Bambara, among them, painter and collagist Romare Bearden, Jazz, and theater director Peter Sellars.

The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations #ad - In the writings and speeches included here, "black matters, Morrison takes on contested social issues: the foreigner, money, female empowerment, the press, " and human rights. She looks at enduring matters of culture: the role of the artist in society, the literary imagination, and in her Nobel lecture, the Afro-American presence in American literature, the power of language itself.

In all, the source of self-Regard is a luminous and essential addition to Toni Morrison's oeuvre.


Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future

Guggenheim Museum Publications #ad - But only in recent decades has the public had a chance to reckon with af Klint's radically abstract painting practice―one which predates the work of Vasily Kandinsky and other artists widely considered trailblazers of modernist abstraction. Her boldly colorful works, spiritually informed attempt to chart an invisible, totalizing world order through a synthesis of natural and geometric forms, many of them large-scale, reflect an ambitious, textual elements and esoteric symbolism.

Accompanying the first major survey exhibition of the artist's work in the United States, Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future represents her groundbreaking painting series while expanding recent scholarship to present the fullest picture yet of her life and art. A roundtable discussion among contemporary artists, scholars and curators considers af Klint's sources and relevance to art in the 21st century.

Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future #ad - Essays explore the social, contemporary scientific discoveries, intellectual and artistic context of af Klint's 1906 break with figuration and her subsequent development, placing her in the context of Swedish modernism and folk art traditions, and spiritualist and occult movements. Hilma af klint's daring abstractions exert a mystical magnetismWhen Swedish artist Hilma af Klint died in 1944 at the age of 81, she left behind more than 1, 000 paintings and works on paper that she had kept largely private during her lifetime.

. Believing the world was not yet ready for her art, she stipulated that it should remain unseen for another 20 years. The volume also delves into her unrealized plans for a spiral-shaped temple in which to display her art―a wish that finds a fortuitous answer in the Guggenheim Museum's rotunda, the site of the exhibition.

Hilma af klint 1862–1944 is now regarded as a pioneer of abstract art.


Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Social Upheaval

W. W. Norton & Company #ad - They cleaved to and cast off lovers, exchanged sex to subsist, and revised the meaning of marriage. A breathtaking exploration of the lives of young black women in the early twentieth century. In wayward lives, beautiful experiments, Saidiya Hartman examines the revolution of black intimate life that unfolded in Philadelphia and New York at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Longing and desire fueled their experiments in how to live. For the first time, young black women are credited with shaping a cultural movement that transformed the urban landscape. Through a melding of history and literary imagination, Wayward Lives recovers their radical aspirations and insurgent desires.

Free love, and single motherhood were among the sweeping changes that altered the character of everyday life and challenged traditional Victorian beliefs about courtship, cohabitation outside of wedlock, queer relations, love, serial partners, common-law and transient marriages, and marriage. They refused to labor like slaves or to accept degrading conditions of work.

Beautifully written and deeply researched, second-class citizenship, Wayward Lives recreates the experience of young urban black women who desired an existence qualitatively different than the one that had been scripted for them―domestic service, and respectable poverty―and whose intimate revolution was apprehended as crime and pathology.

Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Social Upheaval #ad - 67 black and white illustrations. Hartman narrates the story of this radical social transformation against the grain of the prevailing century-old argument about the crisis of the black family. In wrestling with the question of what a free life is, many young black women created forms of intimacy and kinship that were indifferent to the dictates of respectability and outside the bounds of law.


Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem

Rizzoli Electa #ad - Butler, larry ossei mensah, akili tommasino, Taylor Aldridge, Daniela Fifi, and other luminaries contextualize the works and provide detailed commentary. A dialogue between thelma golden, connie Choi, and Kellie Jones draws out themes and challenges in collecting and exhibiting modern and contemporary art by artists of African descent.

. More than a document of a particular institution's trailblazing path, or catalytic role in the development of American appreciation for art of the African diaspora, this volume is a compendium of a vital art tradition. Rather than aim to construct a single history of "black art, " Black Refractions emphasizes a plurality of narratives and approaches, traced through 125 works in all media from the 1930s to the present.

Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem #ad - An essay by connie Choi and entries by Eliza A. An authoritative guide to one of the world's most important collections of African-American art, with works by artists from Romare Bearden to Kehinde Wiley. The artists featured in black refractions, faith ringgold, including Kerry James Marshall, and Lorna Simpson, Nari Ward, Wangechi Mutu, Norman Lewis, are drawn from the renowned collection of the Studio Museum in Harlem.

Through exhibitions, public programs, nationally, this pioneering institution has served as a nexus for artists of African descent locally, artist residencies, and bold acquisitions, and internationally since its founding in 1968.