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Why black Americans should invest in art pieces

William Andrews

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Why black Americans should invest in art pieces

by Charing Ball September 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM The Grio

Black Americans should invest in artIf you ever had doubt about the importance of art in the development and maintaining of history, culture and identity of a people, think for a second on why museums are always the first to be raided and looted after the fall of an empire or a nation.

It was true for the Iraqi National Museum in Baghdad, where “untold numbers” of prehistoric 4,000 year old Mesopotamia and Islamic art were stolen, hours after the official depose of Saddam Hussein and the fall of Baghdad. It was also true of an archaeological museum in the town of Mallawi, Egypt, which was looted of 1,050 “irreplaceable artifacts” and ransacked during the recent uprising.

“People should really understand there is lots of power in art and it all goes back to ownership,” said Florcy Morisset, owner and creative director of Vivant Art Collection.

Morisset has been preaching the virtues of art ownership in her downtown Philadelphia gallery, the only one in the city, which specializes in haitians and culturally ethnic world art, for over seven years. In September she will officially be closing the gallery doors and moving her collection online. However she is still particularly keen on inspiring more black patrons of the arts.

As Morisset simply states: if we don’t buy it, others, who might not have the same goals and cultural interest, will.

“It’s to the point that some African artifacts and some famous black artists are now so far out of the financial region that we [black people] can not even own their art,” she said.  “And if we’re not owning it, that means other are. And if we are not participating, that means we have no voice in shaping culture.”

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