Friday, June 29, 2018

Why have there been no great Black art dealers?

By Janelle Zar
Joeonna Bellorado-Samuels, a director of Jack Shainman Gallery.Sean Donnola
IN 1966, TWO BROTHERS, Alonzo and Dale Davis, set out from Los Angeles on a road trip across the United States, seeking out other artists of color like them. They meant for the trip “to broaden our limited art history experience,” Alonzo says, since African-American artists had been conspicuously absent from his curriculum at Pepperdine University, or Dale’s at the University of Southern California. “That was a groundbreaking time,” Jenkins-Johnson says, “to have three black-owned galleries in one fair.” Her first instinct was to pull out her camera. “I said, ‘We gotta have a photo to mark this occasion.’” Janelle Zara is a freelance journalist specializing in art, design and architecture. @janellezara [More]