Ming Smith: An Aperture Monograph

Namwali Serpell (Contribution by) Hans Ulrich Obrist (Contribution by)
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Ming Smith's poetic and experimental images are icons of twentieth-century African American life.

One of the greatest artist-photographers working today, Smith moved to New York in the 1970s and began to make images charged with startling beauty and spiritual energy. This long-awaited monograph brings together four decades of Smith's work, celebrating her trademark lyricism, distinctively blurred silhouettes, dynamic street scenes, and deep devotion to theater, music, poetry, and dance--from the "Pittsburgh Cycle" plays of August Wilson to the Afrofuturism of Sun Ra. With never-before-seen images, and a range of illuminating essays and interviews, this tribute to Smith's singular vision promises to be an enduring contribution to the history of American photography.

Copublished by Aperture and Documentary Arts

Product Details

Price
$65.00  $59.80
Publisher
Aperture
Publish Date
November 10, 2020
Pages
236
Dimensions
9.9 X 11.7 X 1.1 inches | 3.6 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781597114820

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About the Author

Namwali Serpell is author of the novel The Old Drift (2019) and has written for the New Yorker, New York Review of Books, n+1, and the Guardian, among other publications. She is associate professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley.
Hans Ulrich Obrist is a curator, critic, and historian based in London, and artistic director of the Serpentine Galleries, London. He is the author of The Interview Project, an ongoing archive of recorded interviews, and coeditor of Cahiers d'Art.
Emmanuel Iduma is a writer based in Lagos, Nigeria, and New York. A contributor to publications, including Aperture, the New York Review of Books, BOMB, and British Journal of Photography, he is the author of The Sound of Things to Come (2016) and A Stranger's Pose (2018). He was associate curator for the inaugural Nigerian Pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale.
Janet Hill Talbert is a jewelry designer and former book editor living in New York. A publishing industry veteran who spent more than two decades as an editor, Talbert served as vice president at Doubleday and founded the African American book imprint Harlem Moon.
Yxta Maya Murray is professor of law at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, and author of the forthcoming novel Art Is Everything. Her work has appeared in Aperture, Artforum, Glamour, and ZYZZYVA. She is recipient of a Whiting Award and an American Society of Magazine Editors Award for Fiction.
Ming Smith was born in Detroit and raised in Columbus, Ohio. A self-taught artist and former model, in the 1970s, she published her early work in The Black Photographers Annual. Smith's work has been collected by and presented in major museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, and Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York; Brooklyn Museum; National Museum of African American History and Culture, and National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC; and Serpentine Galleries, and Tate Modern, London. Beginning in 2017, her work was included in the celebrated traveling exhibitions We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965 - 85 and Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, as well as in Arthur Jafa's exhibition A Series of Utterly Improbable, Yet Extraordinary Renditions, which traveled from London to Berlin, Prague, Stockholm, and Porto, Portugal. In 2019, Smith's solo exhibition with Jenkins Johnson Gallery was awarded the Frieze Stand Prize at Frieze New York. Smith lives and works in New York.