Valuing The Black Owned Art Gallery with Cynthia Henry
The Black owned art gallery is a Balm in Gilead for Black artists and collectors. While historically overlooked in the larger art world, the Black gallerist has provided us a place to, not just buy art, but a place to be educated about Black art and artists, connect to artists and in the case of at least one gallery receive free gifts of art. According to a recent article in the New York Times “there is only one African-American gallerist in the 176-member Art Dealers Association of America, a professional group.” Yet because of a dedicated client base the Black gallery continues to grow and thrive and serve as a pivotal connection point in communities across the country. This conversation with gallerist will offer insight into their triumphs and challenges.
Richard Beavers, Richard Beavers Gallery, New York
Monique Brinkman Hill, South Side Community Art Center, Chicago
September Gray, September Gray Fine Art Gallery, Atlanta