These publications can be found in the collections of universities, public library systems through the United States, and cultural institutions, including Harvard University, the New York Public Library System, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Smithsonian Institutional Libraries.
Both memoir and monograph, Piraino defines herself and her creative work in her own words and images. Weaving her life story, personal pictures, and over fifteen years of work as a sculptor, Piraino shares some of her early influences, including her formative years throughout Africa and the impact of personal loss.
This is a story of the little things that have been huge. Keys along the way that have opened doors to the creative unfolding of my life. There are far too many to name. This memoir is an articulation of some of the biggest little things, like you are what you make time for. That simple truth was a catalyst at a point when I was desperate to shift away from living a life outside of myself. Opening myself up to that truth, bit by bit, guided me to a path of living a life of appreciation and love.
Africa's booming art scene has gained substantial global attention, with a growing number of international exhibitions and a stronger-than-ever presence on the art market worldwide. Here, for the first time, is the most substantial survey to date of modern and contemporary African-born or Africa-based artists. Working with a panel of experts, this volume builds on the success of Phaidon's bestselling Great Women Artists in re-writing a more inclusive and diverse version of art history.
Catalog from the exhibition held at The Studio Museum in Harlem, Nov. 10, 2011-March 11, 2012
2011 marked the centennial of the birth of Romare Bearden and the beginning of a year-long tribute to Bearden, who was deeply involved with the founding of The Studio Museum in Harlem. The Studio Museum initiated The Bearden Project, bringing together 100 contemporary artists who were given the task of creating a work of art inspired by Bearden’s life and legacy.
"Fore is the fourth installment of the Studio Museum's "F" series, which includes Freestyle (2001), Frequency (2005-06) and Flow (2008). Like its predecessors, Fore is a non-thematic group presentation reflecting a multitude of ideas, approaches and processes. Featuring twenty-nine emerging artists of African descent living and working in the United States, the exhibition brings a generation into the forefront of visual and critical dialogue."
A Year Around the Sun is an artist publication that collects pencil sketches of buoys varying in size, design and weight. Suspended from hooks drawn at the top of each page, Valerie Piraino's drawings convey a rational stability that emphasizes the Aeham Ahmad quote printed on the penultimate page of the booklet: "God stop the world from spinning. I can't stand it anymore. I'm dizzy. I want to come down." Published by Miniature Garden.
The 2017/18 edition of PRŌTOCOLLUM brings together emerging talents and established artists from across Eastern Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia, lending prominence to art scenes and developments otherwise under-represented in the Western art circuit. A must-have for collectors and professionals interested in a cross-section of contemporary visual art on a truly global scale.
Published in conjunction with an exhibition held at Valerie Carberry Gallery and Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, January 30-April 30, 2014.
Retreat explores ways in which artists of color perform retreat in diverse forms with manifold meanings and how retreat, both as an act of withdrawal and an act of contemplation, yields a position of strength and perspective when communicated through art.
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