Long underestimated, if ignored, African American painters now have full attention in the art market. The records should drop at New York’s big spring auctions.
Two fabrics Jean-Michel Basquiat an estimated $ 50 million will be in the main auction this week. Robert Colescott is expected to grow current record and may exceed $ 10 million. To a lesser extent, the works of Norman Lewis, Mark Bradford or Kerry James Marshall are expected to exceed one million
Long-term recognition for the user Sanford Biggers, whose Oracle statue has just been inaugurated at Rockefeller Center. “I consider it a correction. Black artists were long forgotten when their works were stunning. The recent recognition of these works began before last summer’s events. But I think part of it was influenced by that.”
The death of George Floyd
There is general agreement that citizens’ movement After death George Floyd contributing to the reassessment of African American works. “The breakthrough was about five years ago”, says Sherman Edmiston, president of Essie Green Gallery, which specializes in black painters, founded in 1979. “It was a real fight.” The emergence of a generation of black collectors with influential figures such as Jay-Z, Pharrell Williams and Kanye West, would also explain this breakthrough.
“The calibration of the market for under-represented artists has taken place over the last 100 years. Whether they are color artists, women, artists with the character of a traditionally dominant art world, they have been marginalized.”, says David Galperin, Sotheby’s sales manager.
With them growing impact in the artistic world, the works of black authors brought up subjects that were hitherto almost absent. The public will announce this new one expression stream and for three years the records have been linked to each other.
“They want to collect works of art that really reflect our time. The art that these artists make today is a reflection of our time. They want to move forward on topics that may have been unpleasant. This art is enough. Representative. The current works are very illustrative and demanding, and is a narrative “, holds Ana Maria Celis, Christie’s Director of Evening Sales.