Book Summary:

Art collecting can be time-consuming, complicated and confusing for the beginner…

…but it doesn’t have to be.

In this clear and easy-to-follow guide, learn the necessary knowledge and skills to begin building your own art collection.

Art is the purest form of hope, dreams, and sentiments. A single image can reveal long-held secrets, spark the imagination, offer a sense of belonging and home.

Art conveys the words the artist often might not have been able to speak aloud. In, The Black Market: A guide to art collecting, Charles, a long-time art collector and art historian, introduces novice collectors and would be collectors to the art world, its deep roots, its connections to our pasts, and its hopes for our future.

In the first part of the book, you’ll discover the history of African American art and will find essays born in the decades between 1900 – 1990; fascinating lecture reviews on books and exhibition catalogs that invite art enthusiasts to explore the culture, the storied lives, the simplicity, and the everyday struggles and triumphs of the African American experience.

The final sections of the book offer insights and tips about the business side of becoming an art collector. You’ll find an overview of storage, collection management, a glossary of terms, and the all-important guide to insurance for your collection and interviews featuring prominent art advisors and collectors like Hill Harper and Keith Rivers.

If you ever wanted to become a collector, wanted to learn more about the African American art, or want to deepen your knowledge, The Black Market: A guide to art collecting is a fascinating, immersive, and essential guide to developing a meaningful and awe-inspiring collection.

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“Such an unique book that guides you on how to collect art from Black artists and takes you on an enriching journey through museums, galleries, etc. Minority arts specially that of African American have long been restricted in American museums. This book helps you recognise and appreciate them. The testimonials and peek into the history keeps you engaged. The author himself is an art historian and his impeccable hold over the subject was visible in each page. The insights were really helpful, easy and practical. The author’s understanding and experience helped him break for the process and present it in utter lucidity. And as he says at the very beginning, that the first step yearning to collect art is to read. So go and get a copy of this book. Read it and learn the process. You’ll surely end up learning so much through it.” ~ Abby

From the Author:

Many people are interested in starting an art collection from Black artists, but don’t know where to start. Charles Moore delivers an intriguing short history of Black artists in America and gives valuable insight into art collecting in his eye-opening book, The Black Market: A Guide to Art Collecting.

Black artists in the United States have a remarkable history that often is not as deeply understood as it should be. This carries over into the art collecting world, with existing potential collectors of Black artists that don’t quite know what direction to take. Charles Moore, an art expert and enthusiast for Black artists, is stepping up to help. Answering a clear need, Moore’s book dives into these subjects providing insight on Black art history and a blueprint for starting a collection. Not surprisingly, the interest surrounding The Black Market: A Guide to Art Collecting is in high demand.

“Before you begin collecting art, I recommend collecting books–about art, and learn to develop your taste,” commented Moore. “I think The Black Market would be a good addition to your reading and I’ve done my best to give some valuable guidance.”

According to Moore, the book is a guide to helping those interested in art collecting to learn more about the subject. It gives a brief art history lesson about Black artists born between 1900 to 1990, and then moves on to recommending literature to read about Black culture and Black artists. The Black Market also touches on museums and their exhibitions, galleries and art shows, and auctions, with the interesting results they can deliver. A number of interviews are highlighted that range from an artist who collects Black art, to a top art school revealing their secrets to readers, in hopes of building an understanding of the role they play in the growing art world.

The Black Market also features a collection of Moore’s essays on his interactions with art collectors from all walks of life, such collectors who started a year ago, to collectors with years of experience. To assist the new collector with an all-encompassing guide, the book includes a glossary of common terms, notes on art insurance, and art storage and maintenance complete the offerings.