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The Black Market, vol. 25, no. 1, 2014

The Black Market, vol. 25, no. 1, 2014

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The market for works by African American artists continues to grow.  Yet, as elsewhere in the art world, the gains are uneven, the majority of benefits accruing to a minority of artists, dealers and institutions.  This, at time when economic disparity in black communities is increasing more quickly than economic disparity within the population as a whole.  In addition, the market is undergoing scrutiny as curators and critics seem to act ever more blatantly as handmaidens to the functioning of the market. What is the art market really about?  What is it telling us?  How does it operate?  Who is it for?  Various art experts respond in this issue.

Contents:

Extended feature: Who's Controlling the Game? 10 players with the most say in the black art market respond

Interview: Nigel Freeman of Swann Galleries

Article: Changing demographics of black art collectors

Feature:  Independent art consultants in a changing digital media environment

Artist's Project: Fahamu Pecou

Article: SMH Postcard Series 10th anniversary

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