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Baraka, Amiri (a.k.a. Leroi Jones). (Newark, NJ, 1934-NJ, 2014)
 

Bibliography and Exhibitions

MONOGRAPHS AND SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

BARAKA, AMIRI.
Beautiful.
Charleston (WV).: Parchment Gallery Graphics, 1996.
Illustrated poem; illustration and text by Amiri Baraka. Issued in conjunction with an exhibition of Amiri Baraka's painted poems, this image depicts an African American man, wearing a beret, printed in blues, black, greens and browns, with the text, "Don't ever be sad enough not to believe in whatever makes you beautiful." Issued with colophon leaf, in printed publisher's envelope. Single sheet (8.5 x 5.5 in.), printed on recto only. First edition, limited to 199 numbered copies, signed by Amiri Baraka.

BARAKA, AMIRI.
In the Tradition: for Black Arthur Blythe.
N.p.: 1980.
Unpag. (10 pp.). Cover art by Vincent D. Smith. 8vo (21 cm.), stapled pictorial wraps. First ed.

BARAKA, AMIRI.
Play On!.
Charleston (WV): Parchment Gallery Graphics, 1996.
Illustrated poem; illustration and text by Amiri Baraka. Issued in conjunction with an exhibition of Amiri Baraka's painted poems, this image depicts an African American man, wearing a beret, printed in blues, black, greens and browns, with the text, ""Suppose you wanted to know the truth about everything." Issued with colophon leaf, in printed publisher's envelope. Single sheet (8.5 x 5.5 in.), printed on recto only. First edition, limited to 199 numbered copies, signed by Amiri Baraka.

BARAKA, AMIRI.
Somebody Blew Up America.
Newark: Self-Published, 2001.
Poetry chapbook. Black and white drawing on front cover by Emory Douglas. Poem on the September 11 attacks. 8vo, stapled wraps.

BARAKA, AMIRI.
The Collage Art of THEODORE A. HARRIS.
2000.
In: Left Curve 24 (2000).

BARAKA, AMIRI.
VINCENT SMITH - The Original Hipster as Artist.
1981.
In: The Black Nation Journal of African American Thought Vol. 4, no. 1 (January/February 1981):16-18, 22 (illus.) Green illustrated wraps.

BARAKA, AMIRI and BILLY (FUNDI) ABERNATHY (photos).
In Our Terribleness (Some Elements and Meaning in Black Style).
Indianapolis: Bobbs Merrill, 1970.
164 pp. Poems and text by Baraka; b&w photographs by Fundi Abernathy. A plea for black nationalism. Oblong 8vo (8 x 9 in.; 24 x 20 cm.), aluminum half-title page, cloth with silver spine lettering, black d.j. First ed.

BARAKA, AMIRI and THEODORE A. HARRIS.
Eulogy for Amadou Diallo.
San Francisco: c.2002.
In: What If? Journal of Radical Possibilities #2: Another America. Contains: Poems by Amiri Baraka with Collage Art by Theodore A. Harris. Includes Eulogy for Amadou Diallo by Baraka with collage by Harris.

Charleston (WV). University of Charleston.
Death is a Form of Ignorance: Mixed Media by AMIRI (IMAMU) BARAKA.
1996.
Unpag. (36 pp.) exhib. cat., approx. 33 illus., 1 color plate tipped to verso of front cover, checklist of 30 drawings, photo of artist and critical remarks by William Plumley on rear cover. Uncommon attention to Baraka's visual production. 4to, stapled wraps. First edition, limited to 450 copies.

Gwinne, James B., ed. and VINCENT D. SMITH (illus.).
AMIRI BARAKA: The Kaleidoscopic Torch.
New York: Stepping Stones Press, 1985.
189 pp., illus. A literary tribute to Baraka, through poems and essays by a myriad authors and artists including Vincent D. Smith's color cover illus. 8vo, pictorial wraps.

GENERAL BOOKS AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

APPIAH, KWAME ANTHONY and HENRY LOUIS GATES, eds.
Africana: Arts and Letters: An A-to-Z Reference of Writers, Musicians, and Artists of the African American Experience.
2004.
655 pp., 50 illus. reference of African American contributions to the arts, adapted from the original one-volume encyclopedia Africana. 3500 entries. Essays on influential black figures such as Amiri Baraka, Billie Holiday, Paul Robeson, Lena Horne; painter Romare Bearden, filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles. Chronology of black cultural events in modern history. Not a book from which to learn about black visual culture. The entire history of African American visual art is reduced to the equivalent of ten columns of print and the art of the past 20 years is reduced to a paragraph. Stout 8vo (9 x 6.3 in.), wraps.

BARAKA, AMIRI.
Piecing together the struggle.(interpretation of collage art).
2002.
In: Black Renaissance / Renaissance Noire (June 2002)

COLLEGE PARK (MD). David C. Driskell Center, University of Maryland.
Tradition Redefined: The Larry and Brenda Thompson Collection of African American Art.
February 18-May 29, 2009.
101 pp. exhib. cat., illus. Artists included: Charles Alston, Benny Andrews, Herman Kofi Bailey, Radcliffe Bailey, Amiri Baraka, Camille J. Billops, Moe Brooker, Vivian Browne, Archie Byron, Carl Christian, Claude Clark, Sr., Kevin E. Cole, Ernest Crichlow, Beauford Delaney, Joseph Delaney, Louis Delsarte, David C. Driskell, Michael Ellison, David Fludd, Ramon Gabriel, Reginald Gammon, Sam Gilliam, John W. Hardrick, Palmer Hayden, Vertis Hayes, Humbert Howard, Stefanie Jackson, Wadsworth A. Jarrell, Fred Jones, Lois Mailou Jones, Ronald Joseph, Larry Lebby, Norman Lewis, Donald Locke, James H. Malone, Edward Martin, Richard Mayhew, Valerie Maynard, Ealy Mays, E.J. Montgomery, Norma Morgan, Hayward Oubre, Joe Overstreet, Howardena Pindell, Charles Porter, James A. Porter, Teri Richardson, Preston Sampson, William E. Scott, Charles Sebree, Jewel Simon, Walter A. Simon, Thelma Johnson Streat, Freddy Styles, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Bill Taylor, Bob Thompson, Mildred J. Thompson, Larry Walker, Joyce Wellman, Jack H. White, William T. Williams, Ellis Wilson, Hale Woodruff, Hartwell Yeargans, James Yeargans. [Traveled to: Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA, January 30-March 28, 2011, and other venues.)

COLLINS, LISA GAIL and MARGO CRAWFORD, eds.
New Thoughts on the Black Arts Movement.
New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2006.
402 pp., 40 illus., chapter notes, notes on contributors, index. Contributors include: Collins, Crawford, Kellie Jones, Mary Ellen Lennon, Erina Duganne, Cherise Smith, Lee Bernstein, and others. Includes: Billy (Fundi) Abernathy, Sylvia Abernathy, Muhammad Ahmad, Benny Andrews, Amiri Baraka, Camille Billops, Betty Blayton, Gloria Bohanon, Ed Brown, Margaret Burroughs, Elizabeth Catlett, Ben Caldwell, Dana Chandler, Edward Christmas, Dan Concholar, Houston Conwill, Kinshasha Conwill, Robert Crawford, Alonzo Davis, Dale Davis, Roy DeCarava, Murry Depillars, Dj. Spooky (Paul D. Miller), Jeff Donaldson, Emory Douglas, Louis Draper, David Driskell, Melvin Edwards, Albert Fennar, Reginald Gammon, Ray Gibson, Sam Gilliam, Tyree Guyton, David Hammons, Maren Hassinger, James Hinton, Richard Hunt, Barbara Jones-Hogu, Suzanne Jackson, Jacob Lawrence, Norman Lewis, Samella Lewis, Tom Lloyd. Clarence Major, Edward McDowell, Dindga McCannon, Senga Nengudi, John Outterbridge, Joe Oversotree, Gordon Parks, Judson Powell, Noah Purifoy, Sr., Herbert Randall, Betye Saar, Beuford Smith, Marvin Smith, Morgan Smith, Edward Spriggs, SUN RA, Curtis Tann, Askia Touré, James Vanderzee, Ruth Waddy, Bill Walker, Timothy Washington, Charles White, Randy Williams, William T. Williams, Deborah Willis, and Hale Woodruff. The texts explore the racial and sexual politics of the era, links with other contemporaneous cultural movements, prison arts, the role of Black colleges and universities, gender politics and the rise of feminism, color fetishism, photography, and more. 8vo (26 x 18 cm.; 9.9 x 7.1 in.), cloth, d.j.

DIAWARA, MANTHIA, ed.
Black American Cinema.
London and New York: Routledge, 1993.
324 pp., bibliog., index. A major collection of 19 critical texts on many aspects of black cinema from Oscar Micheaux and Wallace Thurman through Spike Lee and Julie Dash. Includes writing by Amiri Baraka, Clyde Taylor, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Thomas Cripps, Toni Cade Bambara ("Reading the Signs, Empowering the Eye: Daughters of the Dust and the Black Independent Cinema Movement"), Jacqueline Bobo, Michele Wallace, bell hooks, et al. 8vo, wraps. First ed.

DOSS, ERIKA.
Twentieth-Century American Art.
Oxford University Press, 2002.
288 pp., 151 illus. (including 91 in color). Although it includes a chapter on "Feminist art and Black art," this by no means summarizes the level of inclusion of black artists at every point throughout the text. There are many glaring omissions (John Biggers, Mildred Howard, Lois Mailou Jones, Martin Puryear, Bob Thompson, etc.) and some odd summary comments (for example, Norman Lewis's work is described as "improvisatory environments"), but it's hard to quibble with the first survey of American art to give more than token acknowledgement to the work of African American artists. Over fifty artists and 17 illustrations are included: Emma Amos, Benny Andrews, Amiri Baraka, Jean-Michel Basquiat (illus.), Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Dana Chandler, Michael Ray Charles (illus.), Barbara Chase-Riboud, Robert Colescott (illus.), Thornton Dial (illus.), Aaron Douglas, Emory Douglas, Melvin Edwards (illus.), Sam Gilliam, Coco Fusco (illus.), David Hammons (illus.), Palmer Hayden, Lonnie Holley, Cliff Joseph, Malvin Gray Johnson, Sargent Johnson (illus.), William H. Johnson, Cliff Joseph, Byron Kim, K.O.S., Jacob Lawrence (illus.), Norman Lewis (illus.), Alvin Loving, Kerry James Marshall, Archibald J. Motley (illus.), Chris Ofili, Lorraine O'Grady, Joe Overstreet, Gordon Parks, Adrian Piper, Nancy Elizabeth Prophet, Gary Rickson, Faith Ringgold (illus.), Alison Saar (illus.), Betye Saar (illus.), Augusta Savage, Gary Simmons, Lorna Simpson, Alma Thomas, Iké Udé, James Vanderzee, Kara Walker, Carrie Mae Weems (illus.), Charles White, Pat Ward Williams (illus.), Fred Wilson (illus.), Hale Woodruff. Karamu House, the Black Arts Movement and Spiral are mentioned in passing. 8vo (9.2 x 6.5 in..), wraps.

EARLY, GERALD, ed.
The Muhammad Ali Reader.
Ecco, 1998.
300 pp., 16 page photo insert. Collection of important writings on all phases of Ali's career. Includes: LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka), Malcolm X, Gordon Parks, et al. 8vo (9.8 x 6.5 in.), cloth, d.j.

FINE, ELSA HONIG.
The Afro-American Artist: A Search for Identity.
New York: Holt Rinehart and Winston, 1973.
x, 310 pp., 342 b&w illus., 38 color plates, bibliography and notes, index. Survey of work from the colonial period through the 1970s. Approx. 100 artists represented. An important reference work with many women artists included: Charles Alston, Benny Andrews, Malcolm Bailey, Edward Bannister, Amiri Baraka, Richmond Barthé, Romare Bearden, Henry Bibb, Betty Blayton, Grafton Tyler Brown, Kay Brown, Dana Chandler, Barbara Chase-Riboud, Eldzier Cortor, Ernest Crichlow, Emilio Cruz, Thomas Day, Beauford Delaney, Joseph Delaney, Jeff Donaldson, Aaron Douglas, Robert M. Douglass, Jr., Robert S. Duncanson, Melvin Edwards, Frederick J. Eversley, Allan Freelon, Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller, Reginald Gammon, Sam Gilliam, Henry Gudgell, David Hammons, Marvin Harden, William A. Harper, Palmer Hayden, Felrath Hines, Alvin C. Hollingsworth, Julien Hudson, Richard Hunt, Bill Hutson, Walter C. Jackson, Daniel Larue Johnson, Malvin Gray Johnson, Marie Johnson, Milton Derr (as Milton Johnson), Joshua Johnston, Ben Jones, Lois Mailou Jones, Cliff Joseph, Jacob Lawrence, Hughie Lee-Smith, Edmonia Lewis, James Lewis, Norman Lewis, Tom Lloyd, Al Loving, Richard Mayhew, Donald McIlvaine, Scipio Moorhead, Norma Morgan, Archibald Motley, George Neal, Joe Overstreet, Horace Pippin, James A. Porter, Patrick Reason, Robert Reid, Gary Rickson, Faith Ringgold, Raymond Saunders, William E. Scott, Christopher Shelton, Thomas Sills, Merton Simpson, William H. Simpson, John H. Smith, Tony Smith, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Alma Thomas, Bob Thompson, Lovett Thompson, Neptune Thurston, Ulysses Vidal, Bill Walker, Eugene Warburg, Charles White, William T. Williams, A. B. Wilson, Hale Woodruff. [Excellent quality reprint in sturdy cloth binding with all original color plates was issued by Hacker, NY, 1982.] Small, 4to, black cloth with silver lettering, d.j. First ed.

FINE, GARY ALAN.
Everyday Genius: Self-Taught Art and the Culture of Authenticity.
Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 2004.
340 pp., illus., notes, index. Includes over fifty African American artists: Jesse Aaron, Leroy Almon, George Andrews, Steve Ashby, Amiri Baraka, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Roger Brown, David Butler, Archie Byron, Ulysses S. Davis, William Dawson, Thornton Dial, Sam Doyle, William Edmondson, Minnie Evans, Walter Flax, Tyree Guyton, Dilmus Hall, James Hampton, Bessie Harvey, Gerald Hawkes, William L. Hawkins, Lonnie Holley, Clementine Hunter, Willie Jinks, Frank Albert Jones, Eddie Lee Kendrick, Ronald Lockett, Charlie Lucas, Sister Gertrude Morgan, J. B. Murry, Inez Nathaniel-Walker, Leslie Payne, David Philpot, Elijah Pierce, Horace Pippin, Nellie Mae Rowe, Kevin Sampson, Earl Simmons, Bernice Sims, Herbert Singleton, Charles Smith, Mary T. Smith, Jimmie Lee Sudduth, James (Son) Thomas, Mose Tolliver, Bill Traylor, Gregory Warmack (Mr. Imagination), George White, George Williams, Luster Willis, Joseph Yoakum, Purvis Young. Small 4to (9 x 6.3 in.), cloth, d.j. First ed.

GAYLE, ADDISON, JR.
The Black Aesthetic.
Garden City: Doubleday, 1971.
xxiv, 432 pp., list of contributors, index. Texts by Hoyt Fuller, Larry Neal, Alain Locke, Julian Mayfield, Ron Karenga, Darwin Turner, W.E.B. DuBois, Leroi Jones, Langston Hughes, Sarah Webster Fabio, Richard Wright, and many others. Fine collection of seminal essays on Black arts and aesthetics. 8vo (22 cm.), gilt lettered black cloth. No d.j. First edition.

GENESEO (NY). Bertha V.B. Lederer Gallery, SUNY Geneseo.
African American Artists on Paper.
September 2-October 25, 2008.
Group exhibition. Curated by Cynthia Hawkins. Included: Amiri Baraka, Camille Billops, Robert Blackburn, Berrisford Boothe, Vivian Browne, Charles Burwell, Tonya Clay, Gregory Coates, Larry Winston Collins, Eldzier Cortor, Emilio Cruz, Victor Davson, David Fludd, Margo Humphrey, Oliver Johnson, Tom Laidman, William (Bill) Majors, Dindga McCannon, Norma Morgan, Mary Lovelace O'Neal, Joe Overstreet, Helen Evans Ramsaran, Teri Richardson, Gail Shaw-Clemons, Luvon Sheppard, Mei-Tei-Sing Smith, Keith Morris Washington, and Joyce Welllman.

JONES, KELLIE, with contributions by Amiri Baraka and Hettie Jones.
EyeMinded: Living and Writing Contemporary Art.
Duke University Press, 2011.
528 pp., 27 illus., bibliog., index. Contents: Eyeminded: commentary by Amiri Baraka -- Preface to a twenty volume suicide note by Amiri Baraka -- A.K.A. Saartjie: The Hottentot Venus in context (some reflections and a dialogue), 1998/2004 -- Tracey Rose: postapartheid playground -- (Un)seen and overheard: pictures by Lorna Simpson -- Life's little necessities: installations by women in the 1990s -- Interview with Kcho -- The structure of myth and the potency of magic -- Seeing through: commentary by Hettie Jones -- In the eye of the beholder by Hettie Jones -- To/from Los Angeles with Betye Saar -- Crown jewels -- Dawoud Bey: portraits in the theater of desire -- Pat Ward Williams: photography and social/personal history -- Interview with Howardena Pindell -- Eye-minded: Martin Puryear -- Large as life: contemporary photography -- An interview with David Hammons -- Excuse me while I kiss the sky & then fly and touch down : commentary by Lisa Jones -- How I invented multiculturalism by Lisa Jones -- Lost in translation : Jean-Michel in the (re)mix -- In the thick of it: David Hammons and hair culture in the 1970s -- Domestic prayer -- Critical curators: interview with Kellie Jones -- Poets of a new style of speak: Cuban artists of this generation -- In their own image -- Tim Rollins and K.O.S.: what's wrong with this picture -- Blues to the future -- Them there eyes: on connections and the visual : commentary / Guthrie P. Ramsey Jr. -- Free jazz and the price of Black musical abstraction / Guthrie P. Ramsey Jr. -- To the max: energy and experimentation -- It's not enough to say "Black is beautiful" : abstraction at the Whitney 1969-1974 -- Black West: thoughts on art in Los Angeles -- Brothers and sisters -- Bill T. Jones -- Abstract expressionism : the missing link -- Norman Lewis: The Black paintings. Many other artists mentioned in context. 8vo (25 x 17 cm.), cloth, d.j.

KELLEY, ROBIN D.G.
Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination.
Boston: Beacon Press, 2002.
224 pp., index. Includes brief mention of: Amiri Baraka, Elizabeth Catlett, Tom Feelings, Ellen Gallagher, Ollie Harrington, Wifredo Lam. 8vo, cloth, d.j. First ed.

LLOYD, TOM, ed.
Black Art Notes.
New York: 1971.
35 pp. Texts by Tom Lloyd, Melvin Dixon, Amiri Baraka, Jeff Donaldson, Bing Davis, Ray Elkins, Francis and Val Gray Ward, Babatunde Folayemi, with appendix by Robert Doty (a reprint of his catalogue essay for Contemporary Black Artists in America, 1971.) A concrete affirmation of Black Art philosophy as interpreted by eight Black artists. Melvin Dixon's text "White Critic - Black Art?" is a historically important reply to Hilton Kramer's infamous "Black Art and Expedient Politics," The New York Times June 7, 1970. 8vo (21.5 x 21.5 cm.), wraps.

MONTCLAIR (NJ). Montclair State University Art Gallery.
Three Generations of Black Art: Amiri Baraka, Ben Jones and Mansa Mussa.
Thru March 6, 2004.
Three-person exhibition.

MORRISTOWN (NJ). Art in the Atrium.
11th Annual Exhibition: Generations.
January 31-March 28, 2003.
Group exhibition of work by African American artists. Curated by artist Russell A. Murray. Included (among others): Alonzo Adams, Benny Andrews, Amiri Baraka, Romare Bearden, Tinnetta Bell, John Biggers, Nolan A. Bowie, Roland Brown, S. Ross Brown, Kern Bruce, Leroy Campbell, Elizabeth Catlett, Adger Cowans, Kevin Cole, Floyd Cooper, Quashelle Curtis, Victor Dawson, Herbert Gentry, Gladys Barker Grauer, Evelyn Graves, B. Curtis Grayson III, Richard Haynes, Marian Howard, Philip Jones, Thomas Arthur Malloy, Helene Massey-Hemmans, William May, Maceo Mitchell, Russell A. Murray, Gena Nelson, Janet Taylor Pickett, German Pitre, Michael Platt, Madeline Reid, Glenn Roopchand, Sonia Lynn Sadler, Lisa Shepard, Danny Simmons, Cedric Smith, Ming Smith Murray, James S. Terrell, Bisa Washington. [www.artintheatrium.com/gallery_generations.asp]

MURRAY, ALMA and ROBERT THOMAS (eds.).
Major Black Writers.
New York: Scholastic Services, 1971.
200 pp., Illustrated with photographs by Anthony Barboza and Hugh Bell. Selections by Margaret Walker, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, Gwendolyn Brooks, LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka), Ann Petry, Ishmael Reed, Nikkki Giovanni, others. 8vo, pictorial cloth, no d.j. First ed.

NELSON, MAGGIE.
The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning.
New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2011.
304 pp. A study spanning high and low culture from Kafka to reality T.V. Includes: Amiri Baraka, Ana Mendieta, Adrian Piper, William Pope.L, Kara Walker. 8vo (8.6 x 5.7 in.), cloth, d.j.

NEW YORK (NY)..
The New York Public Library African American Desk Reference.
Wiley, 1999.
Includes a short and dated list of the usual 110+ artists, with a considerable New York bias, and a random handful of Haitian artists, reflecting the collection at the Schomburg: architect Julian Francis Abele. Josephine Baker, Edward M. Bannister, Amiri Baraka, Richmond Barthé, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Romare Bearden, John T. Biggers, Camille Billops, Bob Blackburn, Betty Blayton, Frank Bowling, Grafton Tyler Brown, Selma Burke, Margaret Burroughs, David Butler, Elizabeth Catlett, Barbara Chase-Riboud, Edward Clark, Robert Colescott, Ernest Crichlow, Emilio Cruz, William Dawson, Roy DeCarava, Beauford Delaney, Joseph Delaney, Aaron Douglas, John Dowell, Robert S. Duncanson, John Dunkley, William Edmondson, Melvin Edwards, Minnie Evans, Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller, Sam Gilliam, Henry Gudgell, David Hammons, James Hampton, William A. Harper, Bessie Harvey, Isaac Hathaway, Albert Huie, Eugene Hyde, Jean-Baptiste Jean, Florian Jenkins, Sargent Johnson, William H. Johnson, Joshua Johnston, Lois Mailou Jones, Lou Jones, Napoleon Jones-Henderson, Ronald Joseph, Jacob Lawrence, Hughie Lee-Smith, Edmonia Lewis, Georges Liautaud, Seresier Louisjuste, Richard Mayhew, Jean Metellus, Oscar Micheaux, David Miller, Scipio Moorhead, Archibald J. Motley, Abdias do Nascimento, Philomé Obin, Joe Overstreet, Gordon Parks, David Philpot, Elijah Pierce, Howardena Pindell, Horace Pippin, James A. Porter, David Pottinger, Harriet Powers, Martin Puryear, Gregory D. Ridley, Faith Ringgold, Sultan Rogers, Leon Rucker, Alison Saar, Betye Saar, Raymond Saunders, Augusta Savage, William Edouard Scott, Senegalese filmmaker Ousmane Sembene, Ntozake Shange, Philip Simmons, Lorna Simpson, Moneta J. Sleet, Vincent D. Smith, Micius Stéphane, Renée Stout, SUN RA, Alma Thomas, Neptune Thurston, Mose Tolliver (as Moses), Bill Traylor, Gerard Valcin, James Vanderzee, Melvin Van Peebles. Derek Walcott, Kara Walker, Eugene Warburg, Laura Wheeler Waring, James W. Washington, Barrington Watson, Carrie Mae Weems, James Lesesne Wells, Charles White, Jack Whitten, Lester Willis, William T. Williams, John Wilson, Hale Woodruff, Richard Yarde. 8vo (9.1 x 7.5 in.), cloth, d.j.

NEW YORK (NY). Artists Space.
5000 Artists Return to Artists Space: 25 Years.
1998.
352 pp., interviews with selected curators and former directors of Artists Space, testimonials by numerous artists (including Adrian Piper), index of names, list of publications. Claudia Gould and Valerie Smith, eds. One of the best known of the new contemporary museums that sprang up across America during the '70s, because it was controlled by artists and located in the heart of Soho. As the record indicates, however, Artists Space was also one of the least inclined to include artists of color in their exhibitions; fewer than 1% of the 5000 artists exhibited in 25 years of group exhibitions were African American and most of these were shown during the 2+-year period when Connie Butler was curator at Artists Space. Group exhibitions included the following artists: Jane Alexander, Emma Amos, Benny Andrews, Xenobia Bailey, Amiri Baraka, Camille Billops, Willie Birch, Prophet William Blackmon, Fred Brathwaite, Kaucyila Brooke, James Andrew Brown, Ed Clark, Willie Cole, Renée Cox, Melvin Edwards, Fab 5 Freddy, Futura 2000, Ellen Gallagher, Tony Gray, Renée Green, David Hammons, Bessie Harvey, Lyle Ashton Harris, Cynthia Hawkins, Janet Henry, Marilyn Nance, Senga Nengudi, Lorraine O'Grady, Joe Overstreet, Paul Pfeiffer, William Pope.L., Marlon Riggs, Gary Simmons, Lorna Simpson, Kara Walker, Carrie Mae Weems, Tim Whiten, Pat Ward Williams, Fred Wilson, Purvis Young, and a few others. 4to (11 x 8.4 in.), boards.

NEW YORK (NY). New Museum of Contemporary Art.
Bowery Artist Tribute Vol. 1.
2008.
23 pp., color and b&w illus. Ethan Swan, ed. Includes an accordion-fold 8-page insert of the Bowery, in full-color; with excerpts, timeline compiled by Scott Elliott and Ethan Swann, and other information - mentions: Amiri Baraka, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Alvin Loving, Joe Overstreet, Howardena Pindell, Adrian Piper, William T. Williams. This publication is part of an on-going project on the cultural history of the Bowery. 4to, stapled wraps.

O’MEALLY, ROBERT G., ed.
The Jazz Cadence of American Culture.
New York: Columbia University Press, 1998.
576 pp. massive omnibus of essays, interviews, riffs, reminiscences, lectures and meditations examines the impact of jazz on American culture from the 1920s Harlem Renaissance to the 1960s black arts revolution. Includes texts by Albert Murray, Amiri Baraka; discussion of Bearden, and many other musical and literary figures. Small 4to (10.5 x 7.3 in.), cloth.

OKPEWHO, ISIDORE, CAROLE BOYCE DAVIES, Ali A. Mazrui, eds.
The African Diaspora: African origins and New World identities.
Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1999.
xxviii, 566 pp., illus., index of names. Over 40 visual artists mentioned in passing; only Basquiat is singled out for detailed and extensive individual consideration by Andrea Frohne. Selected texts, each with individual notes and bibliographies, including: "Cultural reconfigurations in the African Caribbean" by Maureen Warner-Lewis; "Modernity, memory, Martinique" by Richard Price; "Images of Africa and the Haiti revolution in American and Brazilian abolitionism" by Celia M. Azevedo; "The centrality of margins: art, gender, and African American creativity" by Sally Price; "Horned ancestral masks, Shakespearean actor boys, and Scotch-inspired set girls: social relations in nineteenth-century Jamaican Jonkonnu" by Sandra L. Richards; "From folklore to literature: the route from roots in the African world" by Oyekan Owomoyela; "Blackness as a process of creolization: the Afro-Esmeraldian Décimas (Ecuador)" by Jean Rahier; "Islam and the black diaspora: the impact of Islamigration" by Ali A. Mazrui; "The concept of modernity in contemporary African art" by Nkiru Nzegwu; "Habits of attention: persistence of Lan Ginée in Haiti" by LeGrace Benson; "Representing Jean-Michel Basquiat" by Andrea Frohne; "Optic black: implied texts and the colors of photography" by Charles Martin; "Caribbean cinema, or cinema in the Caribbean?" by Keith Q. Warner. 8vo (24 cm.), cloth.

ONGIRI, AMY ABUGO.
Spectacular Blackness: the Cultural Politics of the Black Power Movement and the Search for a Black Aesthetic.
Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2010.
x, 223 pp., bibliog., index. Readings of Chester Himes, Richard Wright, Amiri Baraka and Melvin van Peebles. 8vo (24 cm.; 9 x 6.1 in.), cloth, d.j. First ed.

PAINTER, NELL IRVIN.
Creating Black Americans: African American History and its Meanings 1619 to the Present.
New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.
xvi, 458 pp., 148 illus. (110 in color), 4 maps, bibliog., index. Valuable for its images. A historical and cultural narrative that stretches from Africa to hip-hop with unusual attention paid to visual work. However, Painter is a historian not an art historian and therefore deals with the art in summary fashion without discussion of its layered imagery. Artists named include: Sylvia Abernathy, Tina Allen, Charles Alston, Emma Amos, Xenobia Bailey, James Presley Ball, Edward M. Bannister, Amiri Baraka (as writer), Richmond Barthé, Jean-Michel Basquiat, C. M. Battey, Romare Bearden, Arthur P. Bedou, John T. Biggers, Camille Billops, Carroll Parrott Blue, Leslie Bolling, Chakaia Booker, Cloyd Boykin, Kay Brown, Calvin Burnett, Margaret Burroughs, Elizabeth Catlett, Dana Chandler, Barbara Chase-Riboud, Chris Clark, Claude Clarke, Houston Conwill, Brett Cook-Dizney, Allan Rohan Crite, Willis "Bing" Davis, Roy DeCarava, Beauford Delaney, Joseph Delaney, Jeff Donaldson, Aaron Douglas, David C. Driskell, Robert S. Duncanson, Melvin Edwards, Tom Feelings, Roland L. Freeman, Meta Warrick Fuller, Paul Goodnight, Robert Haggins, Ed Hamilton, David Hammons, Inge Hardison, Edwin A. Harleston, Isaac Hathaway, Palmer Hayden, Kyra Hicks, Freida High-Tesfagiogis, Paul Houzell, Julien Hudson, Margo Humphrey, Richard Hunt, Clementine Hunter, Wadsworth Jarrell, Joshua Johnson, Malvin Gray Johnson, William H. Johnson, Barbara Jones-Hogu, Jacob Lawrence, Viola Burley Leak, Charlotte Lewis, Edmonia Lewis, Samella Lewis, Glenn Ligon, Estella Conwill Majozo, Valerie Maynard, Aaron McGruder, Lev Mills, Scipio Moorhead, Archibald Motley, Jr., Howardena Pindell, Horace Pippin, James A. Porter, Harriet Powers, Faith Ringgold, Alison Saar, Betye Saar, JoeSam, Melvin Samuels (NOC 167), O.L. Samuels, Augusta Savage, Joyce J. Scott, Herbert Singleton, Albert A. Smith, Morgan & Marvin Smith, Vincent Smith, Nelson Stevens, Ann Tanksley, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Dox Thrash, James Vanderzee, Kara Walker, Paul Wandless, Augustus Washington, James Lesesne Wells, Charles White, Pat Ward Williams, Hale Woodruff, Purvis Young. 8vo (9.4 x 8.2 in.), cloth, d.j. First ed.

POWELL, RICHARD J.
Cutting a Figure: Fashioning Black Portraiture.
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008.
292 pp., 116 illus. (43 in color), notes, bibliog., index. Substantial chapter devoted to Barkley L. Hendricks. 8vo (25 x 23 cm.), cloth, d.j. First ed.

ROSEMONT, FRANKLIN and ROBIN D.G. KELLEY, eds.
Black, Brown & Beige: Surrealist Writings from Africa and the Diaspora.
University of Texas Press, 2009.
416 pp., illus., afterword, bibliog., index. Includes writings on or by Amiri Baraka, Romare Bearden, Hart Leroy Bibbs, Melvin Edwards, Tyree Guyton (1991 interview by Maurice Greenia); Ted Joans, Wifredo Lam, Cecil Taylor, Hervé Telemaque, Malangatana Valente Ngwenya, Patrick Turner, SUN RA, et al. Along with well-known writers such as Aimé Cesaire, this anthology includes many poet-musicians, artist-musicians, poet-artists who emphasized visual arts over their other artistic practices most or some of the time. It is entirely appropriate that surrealism should be the key to this huge unexplored multi-practice realm. 8vo (9 x 6.1 in.), cloth, d.j. First ed.

SANTA MONICA (CA). M. Hanks Gallery.
Masterpieces of African American Art: An African American Perspective.
2008.
Exhib. cat., color illus. Text by David C. Driskell, text by Paul Von Blum, and an interview with Richard Long. Includes: Romare Bearden, Archibald Motley, Jr., Benny Andrews, David C. Driskell, Walter Williams, Charles Sebree, Palmer Hayden, Varnette Honeywood, Charles Searles, Michael Massenburg, William Pajaud, Phoebe Beasley, Charles Sallee, Willie Robert Middlebrook, La Monte Westmoreland, Hale Woodruff, John Offutt, William Artis, Beauford Delaney, Elizabeth Catlett, Thomas Sills, Rene Hanks, Eric Hanks, Tom Feelings, Amiri Baraka, Lois M. Jones, William Edouard Scott, and Grafton Tyler Brown. 8vo (23 cm.), wraps. First ed.

SCHOLDER, AMY, ed.
Dr. Rice in the House.
New York: Seven Stories Press, 2007.
128 pp. Essays, poems and images about Dr. Condoleeza Rice. Texts and contributions by Amiri Baraka's poem "Somebody Blew Up America," a performance poem by Coco Fusco, Faith Ringgold's text parable "The Little Girl Who Lost Her Color and Became President," a collage timeline by Kara Walker, and many others. 8vo, wraps.

SCHOLDER, AMY, ed.
Dr. Rice in the House.
New York: Seven Stories Press, 2007.
128 pp. Essays, poems and images about Dr. Condoleeza Rice. Texts and contributions by Amiri Baraka's poem "Somebody Blew Up America," a performance poem by Coco Fusco, Faith Ringgold's text parable "The Little Girl Who Lost Her Color and Became President," a collage timeline by Kara Walker, and many others. 8vo, wraps.

SENTIS, MIREIA.
En el pico del águila: Una introducción a la cultura afroamericana.
Madrid: Ediciones Ardora, 1998.
Intro. by Amiri Baraka. Includes: Gordon Parks, Oliver Jackson, Melvin Van Peebles. In Spanish. 8vo, cloth.

SMETHURST, JAMES EDWARD.
The New Red Negro: The Literary Left and African American Poetry, 1930-1946.
New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.
x, , 304 pp., notes, bibliog., index. Focuses on African American literature of the 1930s and 40s. Very brief mention of William Attaway, Amiri Baraka, E. Simms Campbell, Margaret Taylor Goss (Burroughs), Jacob Lawrence, and Charles White. 8vo (9.1 x 6 in.), cloth, d.j. First ed.

WALLACE, MICHELE.
Invisibility Blues, From Pop to Theory.
New York: Verso, 1990.
267 pp., index. Important critical essays in black feminist cultural criticism. Numerous artists, filmmakers, politicians, musicians and issues in historical and contemporary culture from the civil rights movement to the end of the 80s. Artists mentioned include: Benny Andrews, Malcolm C. W. Bailey, Josephine Baker, Amiri Baraka, Romare Bearden, Camille Billops, Vivian Browne, Elizabeth Catlett, Dana Chandler, Barbara Chase-Riboud, Melvin Edwards, David Hammons, Richard Hunt, Daniel L. Johnson, Lois Mailou Jones, Issac Julien, K.O.S., Jacob Lawrence, Howardena Pindell, Faith Ringgold, Betye Saar, Vincent Smith, Carrie Mae Weems. 4to, black cloth, lettered in silver, dust jacket. First ed.

WARD, BILL, ed.
Provincetown Review 4 (Summer 1961).
1961.
This issue includes: writing by Leroi Jones; illus of art by Emilio Cruz. 8vo, wraps.

WIDENER, DANIEL.
Black Arts West: Culture and Struggle in Postwar Los Angeles.
Durham: Duke University Press, 2010.
xiv, 368 pp., 48 illus. (mostly historical photos), notes, bibliog., index. Chapters: Hollywood scuffle : the Second World War, Los Angeles, and the politics of wartime representation -- The Negro as human being? Desegregation and the Black arts imperative -- Writing Watts : the rise and fall of cultural liberalism -- Notes from the underground : free jazz and Black power in South Los Angeles -- Studios in the street : creative community and visual arts -- The arms of criticism : the cultural politics of urban insurgency -- An intimate enemy : culture and the contradictions of Bradleyism -- How to survive in South Central : Black film as class critique. Artists included (many just brief passing mention): William Alexander, Amiri Baraka, Camille Billops, William Blackman, Gloria Bohanon, Margaret Burroughs, Ben Caldwell, Bernie Casey, Dan Concholar, Houston Conwill, Julie Dash, Alonzo Davis, Dale Davis, Zeinabu Irene Davis, Emory Douglas, Melvin Edwards, Jacqueline Frazier, Alice Taylor Gafford, David Hammons, Suzanne Jackson, Charles Johnson, Doyle Lane, Alile Sharon Larkin, Joe Lewis, Samella Lewis, Constance McClendon, Barbara McCullough, Oscar Micheaux, Willie Middlebrook, P'lla Mills, Lenora Moore, Senga Nengudi, Judson Powell, Noah Purifoy, John T. Riddle, Betye Saar, Van Slater, William E. Smith, Curtis Tann, Ruth Waddy, Timothy Washington, Charles White, Beulah Ecton Woodard, Richard Wyatt, Jr. 8vo (25 x 17 cm.; 9.3 x 6.2 in.), cloth, d.j.