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 art history project, Culture Type continues to be driven by the published record on African American and Black Diaspora art and an emphasis on exploring the intersection of art, history, culture.

The site features coverage of artists young, old, and historic, and a dynamic mix of book and exhibition reviews, art and auction news, 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.

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: “Noah Davis,” Edited by Helen Molesworth (David Zwirner Books, 176 pages). | Published Sept. 1, 2020


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