20 Pieces of Black Hair Art 2021 | The Strategist

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While Black hair is art, Black hair has also inspired all sorts of other works of art, from barbershop paintings to giant barrette sculptures to gorgeous coffee-table books. To uncover the best of the best out there, we reached out to the coolest artists, curators, and store owners we know to learn about some of their favorite pieces of Black hair art. Ahead, 20 prints, books, objects, and museum experiences all about Black hair.

Shani Crowe’s work was mentioned by several cool people we talked to. Crowe is a skilled braider and artist who often blends the two in her photography. This particular print, which features three women connected by a single braid, comes recommended by Kiyannah Stewart and Jannah Handy of Blk Mkt Vintage. “We appreciate her expression on so many levels — the visual beauty, the photographic composition, and, most of all, the sheer technical skill it takes to be a hair-braider and stylist of that magnitude and imagination,” they say. “As two Black women, we have personally demonstrated our creativity through our hair and are affirmed and encouraged by the ways she takes the medium to a whole other level.” This is one of several prints available from Crowe’s collection titled “BRAIDS.” Handy and Stewart own another print from the collection called “Sankofa” and have it framed in their bedroom.

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