Culture Type: The 13 Best Black Art Books of 2023

The Best Black Art Books of 2023 explore the work of Simone Leigh, Benjamin Wigfall, Kerry James Marshall, Hughie Lee-Smith, Dalton Paula, William Edmondson, and more A GLORIOUS TRIBUTE and essential overview, “Simone Leigh” is the first publication to document the singular artist’s practice, which focuses on sculpture and centers Black female subjectivity. The catalogue raisonné, “Kerry James Marshall: The Complete Prints, 1976-2022,” explores the celebrated painter’s printmaking practice over the past five decades. A new monograph of Hughlie Lee-Smith (1915-1999), showcases more than 250 works by the artist known for his surrealist paintings. “Benjamin Wigfall & Communications Village” brings to the fore the profound practice of a little-known artist and educator active in Virginia and New York. Landmark publications dedicated Leigh, Marshall, Lee-Smith, and Wigfall were published over the past year. The volumes are among Culture Type’s Best Black Art Books of the year. Many illustrated publications about an array of important artists were published in 2023. The 13 selections featured are particularly notable for their exceptional design, images, editorial strategy, and scholarship. New monographs of Deborah Roberts and Noah Davis and exhibition catalogs exploring the work of William Edmondson, Dalton Paula, and the intersection of hip hop and […]

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