Art Industry News: Where Are the Great Black Art Dealers? Here They Are + More Must-Read Stories

Why Have There Been No Great Black Dealers? – “If artists of color were, until recently, effectively written out of art history, black dealers have remained almost entirely absent from the narrative of contemporary art,” Janelle Zara writes. But that’s not because they weren’t there. In fact, a dedicated group of black gallerists from the 1960s and ’70s were determined to break into a hostile art system. Today, a new generation is carrying the torch. (T Magazine)[5]

Namibia Asks Germany to Repatriate Cultural Artifacts – Namibia’s ambassador to Germany is calling for the Deutsches Historisches Museum to repatriate the Stone Cross of Cape Cross, which was removed during Germany’s colonial occupation of then-“German South-West Africa.” Germany has previously agreed to return other African cultural heritage objects, such as the Hendrik Witbooi Bible. (eNCA)[6]

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Ai Weiwei Auctions Work for World Refugee Day – To raise funds for two refugee charities—the International Refugee Committee and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees—as well as Public Art Fund, Ai is selling six limited edition works on eBay. Priced at $750, each laser-cut portrait of a refugee or immigrant on vinyl comes in an edition of 500. (Architectural Digest)[7]

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