Black Studies / African-American art / British Black Art / Black Arts Movement / Afrofuturism

 
 
Ahmed Abdullah - A Strange Celestial Road
2023
English edition
Blank Forms - Books
forthcoming
In this memoir, Harlem-born trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah recounts decades of national and international touring with the Sun Ra Arkestra and charts the rise of New York loft jazz scene, offering a fascinating portrait of advanced music in Brooklyn and lower Manhattan from the 1970s through the 1990s.
Kapwani Kiwanga -
2023
English edition
JRP|Editions - Monographs
forthcoming
A multidisciplinary and polyphonic portrait of Kiwanga's practice and thinking.
Kapwani Kiwanga -
2023
French edition
JRP|Editions - Monographs
forthcoming
A multidisciplinary and polyphonic portrait of Kiwanga's practice and thinking.
Ramon Amaro - The Black Technical Object - On Machine Learning and the Aspiration of Black Being
2023
English edition
Sternberg Press - History, Criticism and Theory
forthcoming
A contemplation on the abstruse nature of machine learning, mathematics, and the deep incursion of racial hierarchy.
Maureen Murphy - L\'art de la décolonisation - Paris-Dakar (1950-1970)
2023
French edition
Les presses du réel – Art History – Œuvres en sociétés
forthcoming
Wangechi Mutu -
2022
English edition
X Artists' Books
New monograph of the famous American-Kenyan artist, presenting her bronze and clay sculptures and her recent films.
Lubaina Himid -
2022
French edition
varia
Reference publication dedicated to the practice of Lubaina Himid, one of the leading figures of British Black Art since the 1980s.
The Cricket - Black Music in Evolution, 1968-69
2022
English edition
Blank Forms - Books
Complete facsimile of The Cricket, an important but underknown music magazine edited by poets and writers Amiri Baraka, A. B. Spellman, and Larry Neal in 1968–69—a rare document of the Black Arts Movement.
William Scott -
2022
English edition
Lenz Press
Covering the past thirty years of William Scott's practice, this monograph offers the largest comprehensive selection of paintings, drawings, masks and architectural models, as well as an unique insight on his creative and transformative approach.
Satch Hoyt - Afro-Sonic Mapping - Tracing Aural Histories via Sonic Transmigrations
2022
English edition
Archive Books
An acoustic mapping of colonial history.
Ellen Gallagher - A law ... A blueprint ... A scale - Ellen Gallagher with Edgar Cleijne
2022
bilingual edition (English / Spanish)
Mousse - Mousse Publishing (books)
This monograph spans two decades of the internationally acclaimed American artist Ellen Gallagher's career, including paintings, works on paper as well as three film installations created in collaboration with Dutch artist Edgar Cleijne.
Fred Moten - Les sous-communs - Planification fugitive et étude noire
2022
French edition
Brook
A political and aesthetic critique of racial capitalism and modes of social experimentation in the form of resistance to the colonial commons.
Julius Eastman - Gay Guerrilla - L\'histoire de Julius Eastman
2022
French edition
Éditions 1989
A collection of biographical and musical essays about composer-performer Julius Eastman—a compelling portrait of Eastman's enigmatic and intriguing life and music.
Blondell Cummings - Dance as Moving Pictures
2022
English edition
X Artists' Books
The first monograph dedicated to the pivotal work of African American postmodern dancer, choreographer and video artist Blondell Cummings.
Armando Alleyne - A Few of My Favorites
2021
English edition
Edition Patrick Frey
The first book on the New York painter's eclectic iconography of jazz musicians, boxers, Black American icons and friends.
Julius Eastman - Three Extended Pieces For Four Pianos (2 CD)
2021
Sub Rosa
Julius Eastman's Four Pianos (1979-80), performed by Melaine Dalibert, Stephane Ginsburgh, Nicols Horvath and Wilhem Latchoumia.
Art contemporain africain - Histoire(s) d\'une notion par celles et ceux qui l\'ont faite
2021
French edition
JRP|Editions - Lectures Maison Rouge
A polyphonic genealogy of the concept of contemporary African art.
1 Million Roses for Angela Davis / 1 Million Rosen für Angela Davis
2021
bilingual edition (English / German)
Mousse - Mousse Publishing (books)
"1 Million Roses for Angela Davis" traces Davis' immense influence and legacy as activist and scholar on contemporary artists today, while simultaneously teasing out the contradictions her presence and agenda posed to the GDR's interpretation and application of Marxism.
Steffani Jemison - Mikrokosmos - Another time, this time, one time (vinyl LP)
2020
varia
Formed in 2016 as the collaborative platform of composer Justin Hicks and artist Steffani Jemison, Mikrokosmos mines the history of Black music. This ongoing project has manifested in many forms: workshop, study session, concert, listening session, book, prompt, score. “Another time, this time, one time,” the first Mikrokosmos LP, uses Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson's “We Almost Lost Detroit” (1977) as the raw material for R&B songwriting.
Thulani Davis - Nothing but the Music
2020
English edition
Blank Forms - Books
(last copies available!)
Thulani Davis' collection of poetry about music.
Hannah Beachler - Design in a Frame of Emotion
2020
English edition
Sternberg Press - The Incidents
American production designer Hannah Beachler engages in a conversation with Jacqueline Stewart and Toni L. Griffin about set building and curation, urban design, location scouting, Afrofuturism, fictional histories, and Black feminist narratives, and elucidates her role.
Johanne Løgstrup - The Contemporary Condition - Co-existence of Times – A conversation with John Akomfrah
2020
English edition
Sternberg Press - The Contemporary Condition
In the form of a conversation with filmmaker and artist John Akomfrah, this book sets out to explore how his work with montage can be understood to articulate contemporaneity in sensuous ways.
Maureen Murphy - De l\'imaginaire au musée - Les arts d\'Afrique à Paris et à New York (1931 à nos jours)
2020
French edition
Les presses du réel – Art History – Œuvres en sociétés
An historical perspective of the representation of non-western art in western museums and imagination / an essay on the relations between African arts and avant-garde.
Émilie Notéris - Alma Matériau
2020
French edition
Paraguay Press
Émilie Notéris focuses her analysis on artworks created by women in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, in a book that is at once literary, aesthetic and political.
Joseph Jarman - Black Case Volume I and II - Return From Exile
2019
English edition
Blank Forms - Books
The republication in print form of the poems of Art Ensemble of Chicago's founding member breathes new life into a forgotten document of the Black Arts Movement.
The Place Is Here - The Work of Black Artists in 1980s Britain
2019
English edition
Sternberg Press - History, Criticism and Theory
The publication developed from the exhibition and research project The Place Is Here (2016–19), which traced the urgent and wide-ranging conversations taking place between black artists, writers, and thinkers in Britain during the 1980s.
Jean Laude - Écrits sur l\'art
2019
French edition
Les presses du réel – Art History – Œuvres en sociétés
Jean Laude's writings on art.
William Pope.L - Campaign
2019
English edition
Mousse - Mousse Publishing (books)
This book is a three-part report on the long-term collaboration between artist Pope.L and curator Dieter Roelstraete which revolves around issues of connectedness, home, and migration, while addressing art's relationship to knowledge.
William Pope.L - One Thing After Another
2019
bilingual edition (English / French)
MO.CO. Panacée
Documenting Pope.L's exhibition at La Panacée, this catalogue's content comprises texts from the curators, Nicolas Bourriaud and Noam Segal, and photographs of the show. Pope.L worked in close collaboration with graphic designer Johanna Himmelsbach on this editorial project.
Gaëlle Beaujean - L\'art de cour d\'Abomey - Le sens des objets
2019
French edition
Les presses du réel – Art History – Œuvres en sociétés
Conceived around an anthropology of the object, this book proposes to follow the course of royal objects of Abomey, former capital of the pre-colonial Kingdom of Dahomey (in present-day Benin).
Vanina Géré - Les mauvais sentiments - L\'art de Kara Walker
2019
French edition
Les presses du réel – Art History – Œuvres en sociétés
This book traces the career of Kara Walker (born in 1969), the most internationally recognized African-American artist since Jean-Michel Basquiat, and explores the history of the reception of a work that faces the limits of representation, challenging the question of the figuration of the black body.
Sonia Boyce - Thoughtful Disobedience - Nouvelle édition française
2019
French edition
Les presses du réel – Contemporary art – Monographs
Villa Arson
Focusing on several major collaborative performance-videos by a figure of the British Black Art movement, this illustrated monograph includes a series of essays which interpret Boyce's interdisciplinary practice in the light of art history, and analyse her interest in black feminism, cultural studies, film studies, art history and critical theory.
Anne Lafont - L\'art et la race - L\'Africain (tout) contre l\'œil des Lumières
2019
French edition
Les presses du réel – Art History – Œuvres en sociétés
French art historian Anne Lafont delivers an unpublished study on the close and paradoxical relations of art and race in the Enlightenment. A new voice in current works on issues of race, art, images and colonization.
Cécile Fromont - L\'Art de la conversion - Culture visuelle chrétienne dans le royaume du Kongo
2018
French edition
Les presses du réel – Art History – Œuvres en sociétés
An an extensive analysis of the advent of Christian visual culture in the Kingdom of Kongo and its and development across four centuries.
Glenn Ligon - Debris Field / Notes for a Poem on the Third World / Soleil Negre
2018
bilingual edition (English / French)
Is-Land
Catalogue of the American artist's exhibition at Galerie Chantal Crousel: the publication presents a series of new works (neon, painting, drawing) inspired by texts by Gertrude Stein and Pier Paolo Pasolini, and by the artist's reflections on language, race and gender. The book includes poems by writer, artist and Act Up activist Gregg Bordowitz, and an essay by teacher and writer Sara Nadal-Melsio.
Yaëlle Biro - Fabriquer le regard - Marchands, réseaux et objets d\'art africains à l\'aube du XXe siècle
2018
French edition
Les presses du réel – Art History – Œuvres en sociétés
Based on a set of mostly unpublished archives, this book focuses on the role played by art dealers at the turn of the last century in the definition, promotion and circulation of African objects as artworks, in Europe and the United States.
Judy Chicago - Through the Flower - Mon combat d\'artiste femme
2018
French edition
Les presses du réel – Artists' Writings – Miscellaneous
First French translation of Judy Chicago's autobiography-manifesto.
Guillaume Belhomme - Eric Dolphy
2018
French edition
Lenka lente
The life and times of jazz multi-instrumentalist Eric Dolphy, free-jazz precursor and collaborator of Charles Mingus, John Coltrane, and Ornette Coleman.
Lionel Ovesey - Color line - Oppression et inconscient
2018
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Fabula
A landmark study on the psychological effects of oppression on Black Americans during the 1940s.
John Coltrane - Conversation
2017
French edition
Lenka lente
First French translation of the famous 1966 interview with the American saxophonist by writer and jazz specialist Frank Kofsky.
Sonia Boyce - Thoughtful Disobedience
2017
English edition
Les presses du réel – Contemporary art – Monographs
Villa Arson
Focusing on several major collaborative performance-videos by a figure of the British Black Art movement, this illustrated monograph includes a series of essays which interpret Boyce's interdisciplinary practice in the light of art history, and analyse her interest in black feminism, cultural studies, film studies, art history and critical theory.
Steffani Jemison - Sensus Plenior
2017
bilingual edition (English / French)
Jeu de Paume - Monographs
Catalogue dedicated to a video project on the practice of gospel mime within the African-American church. This subject is an opportunity for Jemison to express her interest in language and gesture, and on the discursive dimension of African American culture.
Kapwani Kiwanga -
2017
bilingual edition (English / French)
Captures - Digressions (interviews)
An in-depth exploration of the Canadian artist's anthropology-based research method in the form of a conversation with Corinna Ewald, Smaranda Olcèse, and Julie Pellegrin (inaugural title of the “Digressions” series initiated by La Ferme du Buisson in collaboration with Captures editions).
Sophie Orlando - British Black Art - Debates on the Western Art History
2016
English edition
Dis Voir - Visual Arts – Essays
With this essay on Black British artists from 1970 onward, Sophie Orlando explores their influences on the Western contemporary art and introduces readers to an important, long-marginalized movement, recontextualizing it with groundbreaking scholarship.
Sophie Orlando - British Black Art - L\'histoire de l\'art occidental en débat
2016
French edition
Dis Voir - Visual Arts – Essays
With this essay on Black British artists from 1970 onward, Sophie Orlando explores their influences on the Western contemporary art and introduces readers to an important, long-marginalized movement, recontextualizing it with groundbreaking scholarship.
Nero su Bianco
2015
English edition
Nero
A provocative interrogation of race and identity in contemporary Italy envisioned by visual artists, scholars and writers from Africa, Europe and the United States exploring new forms of subjectivity and agency shaped by history, immigration and integration, the legacy of colonialism and persistent stereotypes (a project curated by Lyle Ashton Harris, Robert Storr and Peter Benson Miller).
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