Books featuring Black artists

Throughout the month of February, UC Press will highlight books we have had the privilege to publish. Books featured will raise up Black voices, highlight the works of Black artists, bring forth the history, and speak about the issues facing the Black community.

We’d like to start the month by focusing on our books that feature Black artists and capture Black American life.

Follow us on Twitter (@UCPress) and on Instagram (@uc_press) as we will highlight a new or recent book each day.

Beverly McIver
Full Circle

Edited by Kim Boganey, Richard J. Powell, and Michele Faith Wallace

Read our feature on Beverly McIver’s exhibition

From early self-portraits in clown makeup to more recent works featuring her father, dolls, Beverly’s experiences during COVID-19 and portraits of others, Full Circle illuminates the arc of Beverly McIver’s artistic career while also touching on her personal journey.

Mike Henderson
Before the Fire, 1965-1985

Edited by Sampada Aranke and Dan Nadel

In 1985, a studio fire damaged much of Mike Henderson’s artistic output from the previous two decades, obscuring vital ideas about a time of tumult and change, often referred to as a world on fire.

Published to accompany his first museum retrospective, this catalog surveys Henderson’s paintings and films from 1965 to 1985.

Published in association with the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Musuem of Art with exhibition running through June 25, 2023

A Picture Gallery of the Soul
Edited by Howard Oransky

A vivid and moving celebration of the ways that Black Americans have shaped and been shaped by photography, from its inception to the present day, A Picture Gallery of the Soul presents the work of more than one hundred Black American artists whose practice incorporates the photographic medium.


The Unfinished Project of Liberation

By Maggie Adler and Maurita Poole

This stunning exhibition catalog visualizes what freedom looks like for Black Americans today and the legacy of the Civil War in 2023 and beyond.

Published in association with the Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Exhibition dates:
Amon Carter Museum of American Art: March 12–July 9, 2023
Newcomb Art Museum at Tulane University: August 5–November 11, 2023
Williams College Museum of Art: February 16–June 16, 2024