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.
At over 400 pages, Point of Origin: A Monographic Memoir is the debut book by East African sculptor Valerie Piraino. This hardcover printing brings beautiful reproductions of Piraino's work together with design details like a gold ribbon bookmark and foil stamped covers.
In Point of Origin: A Monographic Memoir, sculptor Valerie Piraino chronicles a hard-earned life-shift away from the confines of the artworld. 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.
Her thoughts detail the challenges she encountered working in the early-aughts up through today, around who an African woman is and what an artist can do, shedding light on an urge she couldn’t shake to connect to something bigger than the limitations of her time. This personal exploration tells the story of what unfolded when Piraino tasked herself to, “go where the love is,” giving us a glimpse into what a heart-centered approach to creativity can look like.
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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