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The Black Market

The Black Market

A Guide to Art Collecting

Charles Moore
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Charles Moore's brilliant blueprint reveals the inner workings of the sophisticated moiety that make up the Black artists in the contemporary art world. Moore encourages collecting books, visiting exhibitions, and learning about art and culture before starting a collection. His revelations provide the blueprint to entering the elitist's world of art galleries, art museums, art auctions, and art fairs. "Buy what you love," is often the advice given to would-be collectors. Moore agrees but encourages collectors to understand the economics of owning art. He breaks down the importance of financial milestones like "Diddy Revealed as the Buyer of Kerry James Marshall's Record-Breaking $21 Million Painting." Stories include, dealers like Alitash Kebebe, round out some of the spotlights on the what it was like in the 80s and 90s for the art market of Black artists. Now collectors like Hill Harper, Keith Rivers, and Elan Nieves are rewriting history by building a legacy with their collection of art by Black artists and drawing on a series of mulishly constructed interviews with artists, collectors, art advisors, and artists; the author charts the voracious commodification of contemporary art and the position that Black art is forging in the history books.


Charles Moore is an art historian, art collector, author, and doctorate student in art education and museum studies at Columbia University. Moore holds an MBA from St John's University and a Master's in museum studies from Harvard University. As a participant in the Artis Curatorial Residency Program, his research brings contemporary visual artists from Israel into dialogue with his research topics. He has written on the economics of art and contemporary artists for publications as diverse as Artnet, Artsy Editorial, Arte Fuse, Cultured Magazine and Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine.


  • Publisher:‎ Petite Ivy Press (September 14, 2020)
  • Language:‎ English
  • Hardcover: ‎204 pages
  • ISBN-13:‎ 9781735170800
  • Item Weight:‎ 13.1 ounces
  • Dimensions: ‎5.51 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
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