It was very much there. ArtAfrica Miami . One thing that truly irritated me is the constant complaining that there was a lack of black art @ Art Basel. Well the problem with that statement is that unless you are solely looking in the commercialized convention center, that is a far stretch. Black Art in America has been heavily promoting the huge influx of black art that would be present during this weekend thru many media outlets. Set in the historical town of Overtown, ArtAfrica in a gritty neighborhood in Miami is no different than folks searching for cutting edge art in Harlem, NY in the 20th century.
Looking at the online articles about black art during this event...I really am able to further understand why our art predecessors from the Harlem Renaissance chose to trek their way to Europe to get the respect & appreciation. Because they truly weren't getting it here. Now not only aren't we getting respect here we aren't getting it from our own.
The trendy art district Wynwood started out as the HOOD, as did where the location where Art Basel is affixed year after year. So why isn't places like Overtown & Little Haiti worth the time of day? Grassroots is the premise to where all great art processes start. & People of color are some of the most creative people . So why did everyone miss this great opportunity for great art?
I have been curating shows for a while. Some of the best art sales that have been negotiated have been done right in our Home Studio space....In the HOOD, of Northwood West Palm Beach, FL.
Art work by T. Elliot
who showcased at Feverish Ice Cream & Gourmet Pops during
Art Basel Weekend
Art work by Herschel Yelder featured @ the Art by the Pool @ the Marquis Condos
Units in the space pool side were uniquely transitioned to gallery spaces. Was free to the public.
My rule is NO EXCUSES. If you really want to find what you are looking for, there are means to doing so.
These artists were made up of educators, architects, designers, engineers, historians, entrepreneurs & healers etc.
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What you missed this weekend.