By Roberta Smith
William Arnett and his exemplary Souls Grown Deep Foundation. Their focus is the important achievement of black self-taught artists of the American South, born of extreme deprivation and social cruelty, raw talent and fragments of lost African cultures. The Met was the first of the foundation’s beneficiaries, receiving a gift of 57 artworks by 30 artists in 2014. Now, the museum celebrates its fortune with “History Refused to Die: Highlights From the Souls Grown Deep Foundation Gift.” [More]
Metropolitan Museum of Art: "History Refused to Die: Highlights From the Souls Grown Deep Foundation Gift" (Through Sept. 23); xxxx; (212) 535-7710, metmuseum.org.
|Collector William Arnett sitting next to some of his collection. Raised in the segregated South, Arnett prefers to call himself a corrector, not a collector.|