The Black Market: A guide to art collecting by Charles Moore

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Pub date September 14, 2020

ISBN 9781735170817

Price $29.99 (USD) Hardcover, $19.99 Paperback, $7.60 Kindle edition

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Full of amusing stories and surprises for both specialists and general readers, Moore’s excellent guide on navigating the complex world of Black art is a gem.

Moore offers a uniquely close-up view of 20th-century black art history, with emphasis on renowned artists as he profiles ten Black artists born in the last one hundred years, dating from the early 1900s to 1990s. Arguing that the art world does not differ from the stock market, he stresses on the need of understanding the economics of owing art. Moore discusses how collecting books, attending shows and art fairs, and visiting galleries and museums can help collectors understand art and develop the ability to identify emerging artists. Drawing from his own experience and the experience and interviews of renowned and successful artists, collectors, and art advisors for the art market of Black artists, the book provides possibilities for those with limited knowledge of art collection. Through descriptions of art exhibitions and art fairs, the real-life, compelling stories of dealers, curators, artists, and collectors such as Renee Cox, Hill Harper, Alitash Kebebe as well as various methods and resources for educating readers on art and art market in general, this intelligently crafted book is relevant to both newcomers and seasoned collectors alike.

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