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.
Mastry is titled after Marshall's traveling retrospective exhibition of the same name and complements the show's brilliance and magnitude.
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.
The book features Lewis' artwork spanning 71 years. It details her curriculum vitae and shares her own private art collection.
The book is a compilation of essays, poems and woodcuts focused on words, along with picturesque drawings, using graphite and pastel on paper.
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.
THE SWEET SPOT highlights installations, paintings and sculptures Conteh has produced over time. His recent work depicts blackness in real life.
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
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+
Viewers will salivate over the well-dressed men who are challenging Black norms, concepts of masculinity & normalizing the patterned, vivid nature of Black dandyism
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
African traditional religion Lukumi makes a visual appearance in Street Oracles. Smith photographs Black folks whose characteristic likeness is parallel with the Orishas
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.