The Black Market
...but it doesn't have to be.
In this clear and easy-to-follow guide, learn the necessary knowledge and skills to begin building your own art collection.
Art is the purest form of hope, dreams, and sentiments. A single image can reveal long-held secrets, spark the imagination, offer a sense of belonging and home.
Art conveys the words the artist often might not have been able to speak aloud. In, The Black Market: A guide to art collecting, Charles, a long-time art collector and art historian, introduces novice collectors and would be collectors to the art world, its deep roots, its connections to our pasts, and its hopes for our future.
In the first part of the book, you'll discover the history of African American art and will find essays born in the decades between 1900 - 1990; fascinating lecture reviews on books and exhibition catalogs that invite art enthusiasts to explore the culture, the storied lives, the simplicity, and the everyday struggles and triumphs of the African American experience.
The final sections of the book offer insights and tips about the business side of becoming an art collector. You'll find an overview of storage, collection management, a glossary of terms, and the all-important guide to insurance for your collection and interviews featuring prominent art advisors and collectors like Hill Harper and Keith Rivers.
If you ever wanted to become a collector, wanted to learn more about the African American art, or want to deepen your knowledge, The Black Market: A guide to art collecting is a fascinating, immersive, and essential guide to developing a meaningful and awe-inspiring collection.
"Collectors are discovering the amazing talents of Black artists. Charles Moore helps direct new collectors through the world of galleries and institutions ... to make their journey in the art world less daunting." -- Beth Rudin DeWoody, Whitney Museum Board Member and American art patron, collector, curator, and philanthropist
"Charles Moore has assembled a remarkable, informative survey of African American Art conservation and collecting. His synopsis of major artists, galleries, museums, and movements within the field is enlightening and engaging. Readers will appreciate the material that is showcased and the conversations the works will prompt. The consideration of artists born in each decade of the 20th century is a much-needed addition to the field and dialogue of Black Art History." -- Jessica Tingling, San Francisco Book Review
“A connoisseur offers advice for collecting African American works of art … An essential primer on collecting Black art that expertly blends the passion of an art student with the expertise of an insider.” –Kirkus Reviews
The Black Market: A Guide to Art Collecting is a primer for would-be collectors and provides information on how to start collecting pieces from African American and Black artists. –D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review