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Lorraine O’Grady, in All of Her Literary Brilliance


Lorraine O’Grady Writing in Space 1973–2019, (Duke University Press), edited and with an introduction by Aruna D’Souza.


Lorraine O’Grady is a pivotal figure in the Black American avant-garde. Although the art world has mostly paid particular attention to the visual elements of her work, O’Grady has also been a prolific and rigorous writer. Alexandra M. Thomas writing for Hyperallergic, highlights the recent publication of Lorraine O’Grady Writing in Space, 1973 - 2019 from Duke University Press. This monograph edited by art critic and feminist writer Aruna D’Souza, serves as the first comprehensive overview of O’Grady’s writing. This collection gathers writings by O’Grady that spans notes, art criticism by the artist, interviews, artist statements and more.


[Writing in Space] is part of a wider shift toward acknowledging O’Grady as a visionary, which in turn magnifies the art world’s racist and sexist exclusion that has made such recognition belated. The book establishes O’Grady’s literary brilliance that shines through her multifaceted creative practice, as she consistently pushes the art world toward deeper thought and political consciousness.” - Alexandra M. Thomas
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