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The Harlem Art Book Gift Guide

Updated: Mar 16, 2020

The Harlem Art Book Gift Guide

For presents with uptown flair, look no further than The Curious Uptowner's holiday gift guides rolling out once a week this holiday season.

Last week's featured gifts for those on your list obsessed with bodegas–a familiar-but-disappearing sight across Upper Manhattan.​

Up next? You can't go wrong with a colorful coffee table book about–or with roots in–Harlem. So easy for you to buy and others to enjoy and display.

Here are some tomes both new and classic:

​This graphic novel illustrated by James Otis Smith brings to life the history of the iconic Apollo Theater written by Ted Fox.

​A companion book to the touring exhibit of art from the Studio Museum of Harlem–currently closed as it builds its new home on 125th Street.

Marking the 60th anniversary of the famous jazz photograph "A Great Day in Harlem," this book constructs a visual history of the day when lensman Art Kane gathered 57 jazz musicians outside a Harlem brownstone to take their portrait.

This fourth printing of "The Sweet Flypaper of Life," ​first published in 1955, brings back the lyrical images of Roy DeCarava and words of poet Langston Hughes who together captured everyday life in 1940s and '50s Harlem.

First published in 2010, this beautiful collection of photographs should be the first on your list of art books about Harlem's history. Produced with help from Harlem's Studio Museum, it features nearly 200 images from legends such as Gordon Parks, Richard Avedon and Weegee.

Looking for a stylish coffee table book that anyone will love? Assouline's hardcover includes vibrant photographs of the people and places that have made Harlem the iconic neighborhood it is today.

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