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DISCOVERING AFRICAN AMERICAN ART
Here I am sharing my personal discovery of this rich tradition of modern fine art. Unfortunately for the artists and audiences, unsurprisingly, even though African American artists have always been innovative, studied and highly original, it would seem that their works may have been ‘overlooked’ by academia, galleries and voodoo art dealers fixated on trading multi million dollar art pieces. The topic is vast and over my pay scale by far but as the artist know as Prince asserted boldly in in a song, cream rises to the top and so, in populating this site, I want to share my appreciation of the genre that is now finally gaining recognition. Many of those now deceased artists, men and women who lived for art, survived due to far seeing collectors later becoming gallery owners who supported them by not buying their works but exposing them to the public, in turn educating it about ‘what is fine art?’ An absolute neophyte to this world I am not claiming anything but amazement for the richness of the art I am discovering. Below are two private galleries —Peg Alston Fine Arts and Ken Keleba House —facebook feeds below. They provide a small survey. I will next find a way to caption the artworks with their creators’ names. To be continued…..