In 2019, a study looked at racial inequality in the art world. The numbers they calculated showed that in America, the art displayed in galleries and museums is primarily from white male artists.
The study found that 85.4% of works of art in American museums are from white artists. The study also showed that 87% of artists featured amongst 18 major U.S museums were men. African American artists were the lowest represented in the survey making up only 1.2% of artists featured in American museums and art galleries.
The global art marketplace company, Artsy, is hoping to address the poor representation of African American artists in the United States. In late-October, they unveiled the “Imagining the New Normal” collection curated by artist, Mikhaile Solomon. The collection shines a spotlight on Black artists and Black-owned galleries.
Glad to be able to give a platform to these amazing galleries and artistshttps://t.co/NUHT3Z4uas
— Everette Taylor (@Everette) October 28, 2020
“In a year that’s been so difficult for the black community, it’s essential for brands such as Artsy to be committed to making real change,” said Everette Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer for Artsy. “This is a first step, providing a platform for these galleries and their artists to gain exposure and see tangible results.”
Artists featured in the collection include Martin Puryear, Emory Douglas, Genesis Tramaine, Jean David Nkot, Serigne Mbaye Camara, Azikiwe Mohammed, Sethembile Msezane, Louisiana Bendolph, Alejandro Ospina, Girma Berta, Shoshanna Weinberger, and Aida Muluneh.
Artsy hopes that the collection will help inspire more people of color to work in the art space.
“We want to drive exposure and new business to black-owned galleries on our platform and the artists they represent,” Taylor continued. “I know leveling the playing field doesn’t exist in a world with so much social injustice, but ultimately hope this is a significant first step.”
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