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Young, Gifted and Black

by Antwaun Sargent (Author, Editor), Thomas Lax (Author), Jamillah James (Author), Jessica Brown (Author), Graham Boettcher (Author), Connie H Choi (Author), Anthony Graham (Author), Lauren Haynes (Author), Hallie Ringle (Author)

This book surveys the work of a new generation of Black artists, and also features the voices of a diverse group of curators who are on the cutting edge of contemporary art. As mission-driven collectors, Bernard I. Lumpkin and Carmine D. Boccuzzi have championed emerging artists of African descent through museum loans and institutional support. But there has never been an opportunity to consider their acclaimed collection as a whole until now.

Edited by writer Antwaun Sargent (author of The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion), Young, Gifted and Black draws from this collection to shed new light on works by contemporary artists of African descent. At a moment when debates about the politics of visibility within the art world have taken on renewed urgency, and establishment voices such as the New York Times are declaring that “it has become undeniable that African American artists are making much of the best American art today,” Young, Gifted and Black takes stock of how these new voices are impacting the way we think about identity, politics and art history itself.

Young, Gifted and Black contextualizes artworks with contributions from artists, curators and other experts. It features a wide-ranging interview with Bernard Lumpkin and Thelma Golden, director and chief curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem; and an in-depth essay by Antwaun Sargent situating Lumpkin in a long lineage of Black art patrons. A landmark publication, this book illustrates what it means (in the words of Nina Simone) to be young, gifted and Black in contemporary art.

Artists include: Mark Bradford, David Hammons, Glenn Ligon, Kerry James Marshall, Julie Mehretu, Adam Pendleton, Pope.L, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Henry Taylor, Mickalene Thomas, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Tunji Adeniyi-Jones, Sadie Barnette, Kevin Beasley, Jordan Casteel, Jonathan Lyndon Chase, Bethany Collins, Noah Davis, Cy Gavin, Allison Janae Hamilton, Tomashi Jackson, Samuel Levi Jones, Deana Lawson, Norman Lewis, Eric N. Mack, Arcmanoro Niles, Jennifer Packer, Christina Quarles, Jacolby Satterwhite, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Sable Elyse Smith, Chanel Thomas, Stacy Lynn Waddell, D’Angelo Lovell Williams, Brenna Youngblood, and more.

Product Details

Hardcover: 256 pages
ISBN-10: 1942884591
ISBN-13: 978-1942884590
Dimensions: 24.13 x 3.18 x 27.94 cm
Publisher: Distributed Art Publishers (13 July 2020)
Language: English

Editorial Reviews

"This survey drawn from the Lumpkin-Boccuzzi family collection, brings together contemporary artists and preeminent voices in the Black community to consider how we approach racial identity and the broader scope of art history."
Art In America
Edited by writer Antwaun Sargent, this book is a sweeping survey of Bernard Lumpkin and Carmine Boccuzzi's collection. Lumpkin and Boccuzzi collect works from contemporary African American artists and have been very outspoken about their vision of inclusivity in museums. With Young, Gifted and Black they hope to shed light on young contemporary artists of African American descent who are focused on interrogating history and identity.
Danielle Walsh
Vanity Fair
Offers a model for how art can be acquired in ways that benefit the artists just as much as the collector.
Maria Vogel

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