Release of the Skira art book “Common Practice”

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Skira Art Books recently unveiled a new illustrated publication that explores the relationship between basketball and contemporary art. Entitled Common practicethe comprehensive tome highlights over a century of artwork by over 200 leading artists, including Nina Chanel Abney, Emma Amos, Romare Bearden, Salvador Dalí, Elaine de Kooning, Keith Haring, David Hammons, KAWS and many more.

Common practice is the first illustrated publication to analyze this overlap between art and sport. “This book argues that the need to repeat, discover and explore through the act of doing makes these two very different ideas of perfecting one’s craft very similar,” according to a description.

The book features statements by visual artist Carlos Rolón who is best known for his interdisciplinary practice that explores themes of craft, ritual, beauty, spirituality and identity. The book also includes writings by Dan Peterson, founder of Project Backboard, a nonprofit dedicated to renovating basketball courts and improving public spaces statewide.

Check out the images from the book above and expect Common practice will be released at select retailers and on ArtBook.com in May.

Elsewhere in art, one of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s famous skull paintings is set to fetch more than $50 million at Christie’s next sale.

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