13 Dope Black Art Books For 

At the intersection of Black art and coffee tables lies the beautifully crafted and equally informative art book. People often sleep on these texts when they are actual art pieces themselves. 

By design, these texts go above and beyond monetary value as they deliver on aesthetics and a comprehensive understanding of an artist's work.

Well before flipping through their pages, art books tease art lovers with captivating covers that range in texture, color and depth. 

The experience is often layered with critical perspectives from writers and other creatives, who speak to and for the style, execution, imagination and mission of an artist's body of work. 

While becoming an avid collector isn't conducive to everyone's budget. Art books make artwork accessible in a very tangible way. The bonus in acquiring them is that it supports the artist as well. 

Now, if you're out there running around professing your love of Black art, you're playing yourself if you don't own these 13 Black art books.

This book is tastefully crafted and walks readers through a historical and visual narration of The Great Migration.

The Migration Series

Jacob Lawrence

Mastry is titled after Marshall's traveling retrospective exhibition of the same name and complements the show's brilliance and magnitude. 


Kerry James Marshall

This book is both an invitation to view America during one of its grimiest and racist moments, and a photographic journal of Blackness in raw form — enduring.


Gordon Parks

The book features Lewis' artwork spanning 71 years. It details her curriculum vitae and shares her own private art collection. 

Samella Lewis and The African American Experience

The book is a compilation of essays, poems and woodcuts focused on words, along with picturesque drawings, using graphite and pastel on paper.

Dust Jackets for the Niggerati

Kara Walker

From cover to cover Thomas' photographic prowess delivers a highly tasteful and stimulating perspective of Black women, who are not often the center of commercial gaze.


Mickalene Thomas

THE SWEET SPOT highlights installations, paintings and sculptures Conteh has produced over time. His recent work depicts blackness in real life. 


Alfred Conteh

The book seems to tell tales of the Neckbone family, Campbell's signature Black figures. The cover bears an image of "Joe Neckbone and Joe Neckbone, Jr," & it is crispy

My Authentic Self

Leroy Campbell

Pecou is infamous for his braggadocious, editorial-styled, self-portrait paintings. It explores layers and layers of Blackness through various lenses; the ego, fly-ness+


Fahamu Pecou

Viewers will salivate over the well-dressed men who are challenging Black norms, concepts of masculinity & normalizing the patterned, vivid nature of Black dandyism


Shantrelle P Lewis 

Black women, patterns, texture and tones is an ongoing theme in Martin's work and book. There's printing, drawing, hand stitching, collage, acrylic + charcoal

Shadows In The Garden

Delita Martin

African traditional religion Lukumi makes a visual appearance in Street Oracles. Smith photographs Black folks whose characteristic likeness is parallel with the Orishas

Street Oracles

Lucious Smith

Cuban landscape and life are captured in this book, particularly the Afro demographic. It holds 107 photographs that portray the Caribbean Latinx culture in raw form. 

Eyes Of Havana

Terrell Clark

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