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The second annual Harlem Art Book Gift Guide

December 18, 2018

Still have a few gaps on your holiday shopping list? You can't go wrong with a luscious art book–so easy for you to buy (especially if you do it online) and others to enjoy and display. This year there are more than a few new tomes about beautiful Harlem, and if that's not enough choice for you, see last year's guide for even more.

 

 

I Too Sing America: The Harlem Renaissance at 100

Can't make it to the Columbus Museum of Art to see its current show chronicling the Harlem Renaissance through art, photography, sculpture, documents and more? Published in conjunction with the exhibit, this book is the next best thing.

 

 

Art Kane: Harlem 1958

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.

 

 

The Sweet Flypaper of Life

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.

 

 

Dawoud Bey: Seeing DeeplY

A forty-year career retrospective of photographer Dawoud Bey's work, much of it focused on the streets of Harlem then (1970) and now–with stops in Puerto Rico, Brooklyn, and Birmingham, Alabama.

 

 

Arthur Elgort: Jazz

Legendary fashion photographer Arthur Elgort's love of jazz has infused both his professional and personal work, and this tome highlights some of the best examples, including cinematic images Elgort took of musicians in front of Harlem's now-demolished Lenox Lounge.

 

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