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Clementine Hunter: A Sketchbook Sold out
This sketchbook from 1945 by renowned Louisiana self-taught artist, Clementine Hunter, contains twenty-six previously unseen oil-on-paper sketches. These paintings were the first group of sketches ever made by her, and show a very personal and thoughtful depiction of Creole plantation...
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Afro Iran: The Unknown Minority by Mahdi Ehsaei
Ehsaei shows a side of Iran, which is widely unknown even to Iranians: a minority of people who influenced the culture of a whole region by continuing their African heritage with their clothing style, their music, their dance and their...
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Muse by Mickalene Thomas
Mickalene Thomas, known for her large-scale, multi-textured, and rhinestone-encrusted paintings of domestic interiors and portraits, has also identified the photographic image as a defining touchstone for her practice. Thomas first began to photograph herself and her mother as a student...
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In the Company of Women edited by Grace Bonney
Wonderfully diverse and representative, just like Bonney's pioneering Design*Sponge site. I love this book; it's so inspiring with honest, generous advice from an amazingly talented array of women. In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers,...
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Antonio Benjamin
This delightful volume features drawings by San Francisco-based Creativity Explored artist Antonio Benjamin. I've been collecting his work for years and actually own several that are in the book, so I was thrilled when it was published so that these...
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Glenn Ligon "I Am A Man" journal
Use this notebook with pride as a reminder of the 1,300 Memphis, Tennessee, sanitation workers who took to the streets in 1968 to declare their humanity and register their indignation before the world. A simple, powerful declaration of rights and identity...
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Dark Archives by Andre Bradley
Dark Archives by artist Andre Bradley is a provocative exploration of one black man’s memories of childhood. An autobiography in fragments, Dark Archives interweaves Bradley’s writing and photographs with pictures from his family archive. Part story, part lyrical investigation, Dark...
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The Bald Mermaid by Sheila Bridges
This is a gorgeously designed, unique-format memoir from one of the leading interior designers working today.  From the publisher: The inspiring memoir of interior designer Sheila Bridges, The Bald Mermaid comprises engaging and deeply personal vignettes that explore questions of...
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Kehinde Wiley: Memling
These eight portraits take their poses and contexts from the works by the legendary 15th century Flemish master Hans Memling but Wiley has substituted contemporary sitters for the historical figures. At a time when portraits were still rare, Memling was among...
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That Was Then: Memories of Cane River by Joseph Moran
Cane River—also known as Isle Brevelle—is reputedly the oldest American settlement founded by and for people of color. Its origins date back to the late eighteenth century when Claude-Thomas-Pierre Metoyer, a French merchant, and his wife Marie Thérèse Coin-Coin, an...
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Hard to Place by Qiana Mestrich
An insightful artists' book from emerging artist Qiana Mestrich that touches upon personal histories, family narratives, untold stories, memory, and hope. Get this one now while you can—she's only going up from here. From the author: For all loves never...
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My White Friends by Myra Greene
Featured in The New York Times LENS blog, Greene's conceptual project captured readers' attention, resulting in a highly successful crowdfunding campaign that resulted in this provocative publication. My White Friends extends Myra Greene's 10-year exploration into photography's description of race. Images...
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The Notion of Family by LaToya Ruby Frazier
I remember when I first saw Frazier's photographs when she was just beginning to show them. I was blown away, so it's no surprise that she has gone on to become one of the most celebrated young photographers working today....
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The Testament Project, Volume 1 by Kris Graves
This publication was a marvelous surprise—I was ordering another title from Kris Graves Projects and he threw in a copy of his own publication. I was blown away and promptly ordered it for Material Life. From the author: The Testament Project is...
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Wrongly Bodied by Clarissa Sligh
Philadelphia: Leeway Foundation, 2009. Edition of 1500.7.75 x 5″; 160 pages. Printed offset. Perfect bound. Paper illustrated wrappers. Includes essays by Carla Williams, Jake in Transition from Female to Male series, or, Through the Mirror and What Clarissa Found There...
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I Was a Negro Playboy 'Bunny' by Anna English
As we come to the end of an era with Playboy magazine ceasing to publish nudes in favor of a more literate format, perhaps we can better appreciate this extremely rare throwback to its scandalous origins: "The beautiful woman you...
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Photo By Sammy Davis, Jr. by Burt Boyar
"A Zelig with a Rolleifex"—there was nothing Davis couldn't do, apparently. The greatest entertainer of the twentieth century was not only a master in front of the camera but behind it as well. From the author: My friend had begun taking...
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Racing Style By Koto Bolofo
Emanating from a thrilling and glamorous tradition comes Racing Style, a photographic representation of the Goodwood Revival, a motor car race of vehicles from the 40s, 50s and 60s. The Goodwood Revival relives the glory days of the legendary Goodwood...
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Standards of Sadiddy by Jonathan Penton
Material Life is pleased to carry the latest publication from our neighbor and poet Jonathan Penton, founder and editor of Unlikelystories.org. “This book is safer than my satin cords,” Jonathan Penton tells readers of Standards of Sadiddy, a gritty collection...
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Vroom Vroom By Koto Bolofo
For the photographs in Koto Bolofo: Vroom Vroom, Bolofo literally threw open the hood to better see what made the Bugatti so untouchable in the racing arena, to go inside the car and to examine and touch the heart of raw...
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I slowly watched him disappear by Jason Hanasik
I slowly watched him disappear is a beautiful, sensitive project about masculinity and maturation.  The first of a three-part examination of the military body/masculinity. This first part focuses on the fantasy of the military body/masculinity seen through the eyes of Sharrod,...
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