Missing in action: African-American art in European public collections

Benny Andrews’s Did the Bear Sit Under the Tree? (1969) was on show at the Tate’s Soul of a Nation exhibition
© Estate of Benny Andrews/DACS, London/VAGA, New York 2017

That fakers are moving into the market for contemporary African American art in increasing numbers should not come as a surprise. Wherever the money flows, the scum follows. And it is clear that the market for work by African American artists is surging. It is not just the headline multimillion figures for Kerry James Marshall, Sam Gilliam and Jack Whitten; while works by Faith Ringgold and Betye Saar fetched less stellar numbers, they have been soaring above their estimates—Saar almost doubled her previous record…

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