These Black Collectors Are Shaping the Future of the Art World

Lorna Simpson, Night Dreams, 2020.

© Lorna Simpson. Photo by James Wang. Courtesy of the artist, Hauser & Wirth, and Arthur Lewis.

In this feature by Jewels Dodson for Artsy, Black collectors take center stage and reveal their distinct points of view on the art they collect and why. These collectors are shaping how Black artists and their work is valued, changing the art market so that Black artists can thrive, and hopefully securing a future where Black artists’ presence is more meaningful.

“There was already a trend in the museum arena to pay more attention to art history as a whole, including Black voices. Now there’s an amplification and an acceleration. I find the environment more open than it’s ever been, in my experience, to new ideas around promoting Black voices, so people are looking more broadly at acquisitions, programming, and exhibitions.” - Pamela Joyner