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Backstory: Art Collector Kenneth Montague on Acquiring 'Blood (Donald Formey),' the 1975 Painting by Barkley L. Hendricks

Backstory: Art Collector Kenneth Montague on Acquiring ‘Blood (Donald Formey),’ the 1975 Painting by Barkley L. Hendricks

  “Blood (Donald Formey),” 1975 by Barkley L. Hendricks   “I’m most concerned about Barkley’s legacy now that he’s gone. I want more and more people to understand what all the hoopla’s about. He was a master painter and this is one of his greatest works.” — Collector Kenneth Montague IF YOU VISIT the Brooklyn...
A Huge Kara Walker Triptych is on Display in Ari Emanuel's L.A. Home, Works by Mark Bradford and Sam Gilliam Hang Nearby

A Huge Kara Walker Triptych is on Display in Ari Emanuel’s L.A. Home, Works by Mark Bradford and Sam Gilliam Hang Nearby

A 2014 triptych by Kara Walker dominates the living area of Ari Emanuel’s home. A painting by Mark Bradford is on display to the left.   THE ART-FILLED HOME of talent power broker Ari Emanuel is for sale. Emanuel is co-CEO of Endeavor, the talent and entertainment agency, The contemporary-style home in the Mandeville Canyon...
The New York Times Has Been Asking African American Art Collectors to 'Show Us Your Wall'

The New York Times Has Been Asking African American Art Collectors to ‘Show Us Your Wall’

From left, Collectors Merele Williams-Adkins and Patrick McCoy.   PEOPLE ACCUMULATE ART in a variety of ways. The stories behind the art in their homes is often as fascinating as the works themselves. In 2016, the New York Times started asking art collectors to “Show Us Your Wall.” Readers get to see their art, how...
Collector Rodney Miller Enlists Curators to Hang His Art

Collector Rodney Miller Enlists Curators to Hang His Art

THE SUMMER 2014 ISSUE OF ARTNEWS features its annual list of top art collectors in the world. The issue also profiles collector Rodney M. Miller, whose Upper East Side townhouse is filled with modern and contemporary African American and African diasporic art. A member of the acquisitions committee at the Studio Museum in Harlem, where...
Insights From a Conversation with Collector Darryl Atwell at the National Gallery of Art

Insights From a Conversation with Collector Darryl Atwell at the National Gallery of Art

  AFTER DARRYL ATWELL PURCHASED “Number 51,” by Leonardo Drew at an auction, he wrote the artist a note. “I knew somehow he would vibe with me,” says Atwell. “Let’s be honest about it, there are very few young African American persons who collect his work.” Drew wrote him back immediately and sent him a...