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God Made My Face: A Collective Portrait of James Baldwin

God Made My Face: A Collective Portrait of James Baldwin

Artbook | D. A. P.

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When author James Baldwin passed away in 1987, he left behind a remarkable collection of writings: novels, poetry, movie scripts, and, most notably, essays. A close friend and ally of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Medgar Evers, Baldwin played a crucial role in the civil rights movement. Despite his early success as a writer, he grappled with the challenge of maintaining his personal voice while simultaneously representing the collective experience of the community.

Collaborating with prestigious contributors such as Baldwin biographer David Leeming and novelist Jamaica Kincaid, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Hilton Als presents God Made My Face: A Collective Portrait of James Baldwin. This impactful tribute delves into Baldwin's vast impact on cinema, theater, essays, and critical studies of Black America. Alongside insightful essays from personal contemporaries and inspired artists, this mosaic memorial closely examines Baldwin's various tones and reinforces his belief that, as humans, we have the potential to love and connect with each other in all our greatness.

Artists include: Diane Arbus, Eugène Atget, Richard Avedon, Don Bachardy, Alvin Baltrop, Anthony Barboza, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Beauford Delaney, Marlene Dumas, Glenn Ligon, George McCalman, Alice Neel, Elle Pérez, Cameron Rowland, Kara Walker, James Welling, Larry Wolhandler.

Authors include:Stephen Best, Daphne A. Brooks, Teju Cole, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Barry Jenkins, Jamaica Kincaid, David Leeming, Darryl Pinckney.

  • Product Type: Biography, Hardcover, with dust jacket
  • 176 pages, with 80 illustrations
  • Published in 2024
  • Shipping Dimensions: 9.5 × 6.8 × 0.875 inches  (24.1 × 17.3 × 2.2 cm)
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 lb (24.0 oz; 680 g)
  • SKU010011074 | 9781954947092

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James Baldwin

About the Artist

James Baldwin

James Arthur Baldwin (1924 – 1987) was an American writer and civil rights activist who garnered acclaim for his essays, novels, plays, and poems. His 1953 novel Go Tell It on the Mountain has been ranked among the best English-language novels. His 1955 essay collection Notes of a Native Son helped establish his reputation as a voice for human equality. Baldwin was a well-known public figure and orator, especially during the civil rights movement in the United States. Two portraits of Baldwin are in the Chrysler Museum's collection.

James Baldwin in the Chrysler Museum
Artbook | D. A. P.

About the Publisher

Artbook | D.A.P.

Artbook | Distributed Art Publishers, Inc. is America’s premier source for books on twentieth and twenty-first century art, photography, design and aesthetic culture. Founded in 1990 in downtown New York at a time when fine and sometimes esoteric international art books had a difficult time making their way into the wider American marketplace, over the past three decades D.A.P. has grown into a major international distributor of books, special editions and rare publications from an array of the world’s most respected publishers, museums and cultural institutions.

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