We Are Here: Visionaries of Color Transforming the Art World

Abrams. Feb. 2021. 256p. ISBN 9781419747595. $35. FINE ARTS
Gallery Gurls founder Hernandez has been writing about the art world of “womxn, BIPOC, as well as QTPOC [Queer and Trans People of Color]” for a decade. She uses social media, blog posts, real-life studio visits, and gallery openings to cultivate this network. Here she introduces 50 artists, cultural curators, and entrepreneurs, each profiled with photographs and a brief interview. Hernandez is not an art historian, nor does she seek to place this work in the context of a traditional Western-European canon. Rather, her interviews serve to illuminate the artists’ paths and inspire others. The profiles focus on how art came into the life of each artist, how they used the internet and social media to develop their careers, and what they imagine as the best future for art. The volume is richly illustrated with colorful, vibrant photographs of the creators and the art-filled spaces where they make their work.
VERDICT This is a timely topic presented in an accessible way, sure to be welcomed by art enthusiasts of all ages.
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