Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America

A timely and urgent exploration into the ways artists have grappled with race and grief in modern America, conceived by the great curator Okwui Enwezor.
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Hardcover, 264 pages. Measures 11 3/8 x 9 7/8 inches. 175 illustrations. Published by Phaidon.

Featuring works by more than 30 artists and writings by leading scholars and art historians, this book gives voice to artists addressing concepts of mourning, commemoration and loss. Grief and Grievance — along with its accompanying exhibition also conceived by the late, legendary curator Okwui Enwezor — considers artists' engagement with social movements that Black grief has galvanized, from Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter.


Artists included: Terry Adkins, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kevin Beasley, Dawoud Bey, Mark Bradford, Garrett Bradley, Melvin Edwards, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Charles Gaines, Theaster Gates, Ellen Gallagher, Arthur Jafa, Daniel LaRue Johnson, Rashid Johnson, Jennie C. Jones, Kahlil Joseph, Deana Lawson, Simone Leigh, Glenn Ligon, Kerry James Marshall, Julie Mehretu, Tiona Nekkia McClodden, Okwui Okpokwasili, Adam Pendleton, Julia Phillips, Howardena Pindell, Cameron Rowland, Lorna Simpson, Sable Elyse Smith, Tyshawn Sorey, Diamond Stingily, Henry Taylor, Hank Willis Thomas, Kara Walker, Nari Ward, Carrie Mae Weems and Jack Whitten.

Essays by Elizabeth Alexander, Naomi Beckwith, Judith Butler, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Massimiliano Gioni, Saidiya Hartman, Juliet Hooker, Glenn Ligon, Mark Nash, Claudia Rankine and Christina Sharpe.