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Brooklyn Museum Acquires Collection of Works from Black Arts Movement

The Brooklyn Museum has announced that it has purchased a collection of works from the 1960s and ‘70s Black Arts Movement from former Chicago dealers David Lusenhop and Melissa Azzi. The acquisition includes forty-four works by twenty six artists, including Wadsworth Jarrell, Jeff Donaldson, Barbara Jones-Hogu, Jae Jarrell, and arts collective AfriCOBRA. “As the Brooklyn Museum works to build its collection of precontemporary African American art, with recent purchases of work by John Biggers, Sargent Johnson, and Lois Mailou Jones, this acquisition provides a telling bridge between those earlier generations and the contemporary African American artists represented in the collection today,” stated the museum’s curator of American art, Teresa Carbone. “After decades of finding no market for their art, which they placed largely among friends, the visual artists of the Black Arts Movement are receiving the scholarly attention that will dramatically reconfigure our understanding of their significance.”

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