Saturday, February 13, 2021

These Black Collectors Are Shaping Future Art

By Jewels Dodson

The singer Paul Robeson once said, “Artists are the gatekeepers of the truth. We are civilization’s radical voice.” Collectors of Black art often see themselves as custodians of the history, culture, and nuanced narratives of the global Black experience. These collectors often feel honor-bound to protect Black artists and preserve Black culture, which for so long, and so often, has been excluded from contemporary art spaces. In honor of Black History Month, this list features a group of Black collectors with distinct points of view on whom they collect, how and why they purchase art, and what imprint they want their collections to leave on the world. [More
  • Arthur Lewis, Partner & Creative Director of UTA Fine Arts and UTA Artist SpaceX
  • Pamela Joyner, Founding partner at Avid Partners
  • Rudy Austin, Finance professional
  • Elliot Perry, Retired NBA player 
  • Charlotte Newman, Head of underrepresented founder startup business development at Amazon Web Services
  • Larry Ossei-Mensah, Curator and co-founder of ARTNOIR
  • Bernard Lumpkin, Contemporary art collector and patron
  • Phyllis Hollis, Host and producer of the Cerebral Women Art Talks podcast
  • Jon Gray, Co-founder of Ghetto Gastro
  • Denise Gardner, Vice-chairman of the board at the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Frederick Hutson, CEO of Pigeonly
  • Lorenzo Atkinson, Marketing professional
  • Gardy St. Fleur, Founder of Saint Fleur Art Advisory
  • Ivy N. Jones, Founder of Welancora Gallery
  • Shirley, Bernard, and Khalil Kinsey, The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection