CULTURE TYPE is an essential resource focused on visual art from a Black perspective.

My lifelong love of art and books was the genesis for Culture Type. The site began as a journey of discovery through my personal library—an expansive collection of rare, vintage publications and more contemporary volumes on visual art by and about Black people.

An independent, research-based editorial project, Culture Type continues to be driven by the published record on African American and Black Diaspora art with an emphasis on exploring the intersection of art, history, culture.

The site features coverage of up-and-coming, established, and historic artists, and a dynamic mix of book and exhibition reviews, art news, museum coverage, auction results, and Culture Talks—exclusive interviews with innovative figures in the art world about artistic vision, institutional leadership, and pivotal cultural moments.

Special annual reports include a list of the Best Black Art Books, roundup of curatorial appointments, and chronicle of the Year in Black Art.

Culture Type has been recognized with grants from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. It was also nominated for a 2021 Webby Award, ranking Culture Type among the top five on the internet in the Best Cultural Blog/Website category.

— Victoria L. Valentine, founder and editor


COVER IMAGE: “Simone Leigh,” by Simone Leigh (artist), Eva Respini (editor), Jill Medvedow (foreword), Malik Gaines (conversation), Lorraine O’Grady (conversation), and contributions by Vanessa Agard-Jones, Rizvana Bradley, Dionne Brand, Denise Ferreira da Silva, Saidiya V Hartman, Daniella Rose King, Jessica Lynne, Nomaduma Masilela, Katherine McKittrick, Uri McMillan, Sequoia Miller, Steven Nelson, Tavia Nyong’o, and Rianna Jade Parker ( DelMonico Books/Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, 365 pages). | Hardcover, 2023


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