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The Bald Mermaid by Sheila Bridges Sold out
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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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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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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Becoming//Black by FreeQuency
Becoming//Black is a collection of poems that follows Mwende "FreeQuency" Katwiwa's exploration of Blackness/Black identity after emigrating from Kenya to her diasporic home in the United States. The collection opens with the author's arrival in the United States and features...
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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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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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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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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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Black Creole by Dr. Maurice Martinez, 2018
Black Creole: Too White to be Black, Too Black to be White | Recollections of a Mixed-Race New Orleans Colored Creole In Limbo | 2018 | paperback Seen through the eyes of  native son Maurice M. Martinez, in this firsthand account...
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If This be Sin by Hazel Newlevant
8.25 x 11 inches | 44 pages | perfect-bound | full color throughout Winner of the 2013 Prism Comics Queer Press Grant If This Be Sin is a collection of comics about queer women expressing themselves through music. It tells...
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Black Women Are For Grownups by Stevona Rogers
A collection of both intimate and public writings by author Stevona Elem Rogers centered on Black womanhood. This body of work contains vibrant, full-colored visuals, original poems, narrative essays, and a timeless intergenerational interview with the author's grandmother. Southern Black woman...
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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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The Louisiana Project by Carrie Mae Weems
It can't be a coincidence that The Louisiana Project has always been one of my favorite Carrie Mae Weems projects. This is an extremely scarce catalog of work commissioned specifically for this project and which you don't often see reproduced...
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My White Friends
2013 | 80 pages The images from Myra Greene's series initially read as benign portraits of a cross section of white American life, yet the impetus for their creation lies in an undercurrent of racial description. By photographing friends, peers,...
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Friday Foster comic book #1, 1972
If you've seen the movie with Pam Grier then you're familiar with fashion model turned photographer Friday Foster! Friday Foster was originally an American newspaper comic strip created and written by Jim Lawrence and illustrated by Jorge Longarón. It ran from 1970...
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Beyond Decorum: The Photography of Iké Udé
2000 | paperback | 184 pages From his provocative Cover Girl series featuring photographic portraits of himself on the covers of popular magazines, to his writings on sexuality and identity, the work of Nigerian-born Iké Udé explores a world of...
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A Communion of the Spirits by Roland L. Freeman
1996 | Hardcover | 396 pages | 8 x 1 x 10.8 inches A Communion of the Spirits: African-American Quilters, Preservers, and Their Stories represents the first national survey of African-American quiltmakers. It is also a personal record of how Roland...
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Zydeco! by Rick Olivier
In eighty stunning portraits of the genre's leading people and places and through extensive interviews and historical commentary, photographer Rick Olivier and journalist/musician Ben Sandmel have created a book as spirited as the rollicking music it so vividly illuminates.Once an...
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Denim Mania: 25 Stylish Ways to Transform Your Jeans
Sistahs of Harlem (Carmen Webber & Carmia Marshall) | Glitterati Incorporated | 2008 | 160 pages  Designer brands in Paris, Milan, and Tokyo are copying hip-hop street life today, and the T-Shirt is the urban fashion staple. Now, the first book from...
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The Battle of Versailles by Robin Givhan
The Battle of Versailles: The Night American Fashion Stumbled into the Spotlight and Made History | Flatiron Books | 2015 | 321 pages  On November 28, 1973, the world's social elite gathered at the Palace of Versailles for an international...
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Moon Medicine by Sanford Biggers
 2010 | Hardcover | 97 pages | Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum Catalog was produced in conjunction with exhibition Sanford Biggers: Moon Medicine and is a scholarly catalog written by CAF Executive Director Miki Garcia.   
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Gentlemen of Bacongo
Rare first English edition | Out of print This book provides a fascinating insight to the vibrant street style of the Sapeurs, the elegant and immaculately dressed dandies from the heart of the Congo. The Sapeurs today belong to 'La...
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Stephen Burrows: When Fashion Danced
In 2013, The Museum of the City of New York mounted Stephen Burrows: When Fashion Danced, the first major examination of the work of the designer The New York Times called in 1977 the “brightest star of American fashion.” Through original sketches,...
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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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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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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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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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