MY LIFELONG LOVE OF ART AND BOOKS was the genesis for Culture Type. The site began as an exploration of my personal library—an expansive collection of rare, vintage publications and more contemporary volumes on art by and about people of African descent.

Culture Type has since evolved and now features a dynamic mix of book and exhibition reviews, art and auction news, and Culture Talks—exclusive interviews with artists and conversations with innovative figures in the art world about the intersection of art and culture. Special reports include an annual list of the Best Black Art Books and the Year in Black Art.

Drawing connections between artistic vision and pivotal cultural moments, Culture Type features original research and reporting and shares invaluable insights culled from the published record on Black art.

IN DECEMBER 2015, Culture Type was awarded an Arts Writers Grant from Creative Capital and the Andy Warhol Foundation recognizing the site’s contribution as a “valued mode of engaging the visual arts.”

— Victoria L. Valentine, founder and editor


COVER IMAGE: “Lubaina Himid: Work From Underneath,” Edited by Natalie Bell, with contributions by Lisa Phillips, Fred Moten, and Jessica Brown (New Museum, 168 pages). | Published Aug. 20, 2019


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