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30+ beautiful books highlighting Black art & artists

I Support Public Libraries by Kennedy Prints

It’s Juneteenth, and ICYMI the holiday’s finally getting some long-overdue federal recognition. (If you’d like a refresher re: Juneteenth’s history, here’s one you can listen to on your next commute.) That’s a step in the right direction! Now let’s put more pressure on our elected officials to protect voting rights, overhaul the justice system, support reparations, and champion critical race theory as a crucial part of school curriculum, for starters.

While we’re at it, we’d love to see this week’s push for recognition extended to a more complete historical record of Black innovation. Of course, you can guess our favorite jumping off point when it comes to self-education: Black art history! Learn about pioneering Black art and artists throughout the ages by reading and ogling as many art books as you can get your hands on. We’ve rounded up some stunners in this list on our Bookshop page. Peep a few of our picks below, then browse them all over here.

With art for everyone,
Team 20x200

Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman

Horace Pippin, American Modern

Quilts of Gee's Bend

Black: A Celebration of a Culture

Dawoud Bey: Two American Projects

Seeing the Unspeakable: The Art of Kara Walker

The Art of History: African American Women Artists Engage the Past