Last Updated on 2/4/2006 by bidz

Black Art Is Buried Treasure

In an overheated market, works by African American painters are a bargain — for now
FEBRUARY 3, 2006

“Predicts Atlanta art dealer Jerry Thomas Jr.: “In the next 10 years we’re going to see a very significant appreciation in the price of African American work.”

There are already long waiting lists of collectors eager to pay a fortune for works by Chicago’s Kerry James Marshall, New-York-based Kara Walker, and Jean-Michel Basquiat, who died in 1988 at the age of 27. But Driskell contends that prices still lag badly for African American masters such as Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859-1937), Romare Bearden (1914-88), Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000), and Elizabeth Catlett, 90, because they remain under-represented in mainstream galleries and museums.”

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