For Black History Month, real estate and fine art broker Anna D. Smith highlights five contemporary African American artists working in the underground art world.
African American Artists
In her book “5 African American Artists in the Underground Art World,” fine art and real estate broker Anna D. Smith discusses the state of the African American art market.
Artprice’s Contemporary Art Market report for 2021 predicts a “Black Renaissance” as a result of art museums hiring African American curators and other African American workers for auxiliary curatorial duties. Smith cites this report. American museums revised their recruitment strategies to include African Americans on their boards of directors as a result of the Black Lives Matter protests in 2020.
The recognition of African American artists had prompted a significant rise in demand for their works and, consequently, their costs. This was because diversity had become a priority for institutions.
African American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960–1988) sold more than $2 billion worth of art in the first three quarters of 2021. Not only was Contemporary Art the most popular type of art on the market, but the artists who worked in underground art spaces were also commanding the highest prices.
Garden of Journey
The street artist Garden of Journey is from North Carolina. She is a trustworthy figure in the Afrofuturism movement and has a major in biology and a minor in chemistry.
Prison artist C-Note. Prison art is the Underground’s most censored form of art and is extremely difficult to access. A prison in a Gulf Coast state would never have done what California prison officials did to accidentally release C-Note’s “During the Flood.”
Like other great Underground artists, Vakseen is an NFT artist whose artistic approach is multidisciplinary. He is a music executive, producer, and songwriter with multiple platinum records.
Another artist who works in illustration, writing, and filmmaking is Vashti Harrison. Her Instagram posts led to a commission from Apple.
5 African American Artists in the Underground Art World
For Black History Month, “5 African American Artists in the Underground Art World” is the perfect story. It provides a wealth of information regarding the state of the art world for African American artists, particularly those contemporary African American artists whose careers are in the underground arts of graffiti, street art, prison art, comics/graphic novels, and digital art, which includes NFTS. This information is especially relevant to contemporary African American artists.
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