Firelei Báez: to breathe full and free

Firelei Báez: to breathe full and free

Firelei Báez: to breathe full and free

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A decade of colorful, immersive and gorgeously crafted paintings and installations from the acclaimed artist

This is the first monograph to collect the complete works to date of New York–based multimedia artist Firelei Báez (born 1981), fully illustrated with images of her immersive installations, sculptural commissions, paintings and more than 150 works on paper. Major new texts explore the artist’s biography, symbolism and the historical foundations of her works, from curator Mark Godfrey, MCA Chicago curator Carla Acevedo-Yates, ICA Boston curator Eva Respini and an in-depth conversation with Studio Museum Director Thelma Golden.

Bringing together more than 10 years of exhibitions and installations, from her acclaimed 2016 exhibition at the Perez Art Museum Miami to her 2021 commission for the ICA Boston, Firelei Báez: to breathe full and free is a landmark presentation of the work of this exciting emerging artist.

Báez was the subject of a 2015 exhibition organized by the Perez Art Museum that traveled to the Andy Warhol Museum. She is represented by James Cohan in New York and Kavi Gupta in Chicago. Born in the Dominican Republic, raised in Miami, she is a graduate of Cooper Union, and based in New York City.

Roxane Gay is a writer and cultural critic, and the author of New York Times bestseller Bad Feminist (Harper Collins, 2014).

Eva Respini is the chief curator at the ICA in Boston.

Cara Acevedo-Yates is a curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

Mark Godfrey is a British curator formerly at Tate Modern, where he co-curated the 2017 exhibition Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power.
Legacy Russell is the author of Glitch Feminism (Verso, 2020) and the director of the Kitchen.

Thelma Golden is the director of the Studio Museum in Harlem.

Materials: Hardcover

Size: 10.8" x 9.3" x 3.7" 256 pages

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