Event: 2009 National Black Fine Art Show

by Amos White V

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Written by Amos White V for THE ARTISTS FORUM MAGAZINE
Edited by
Amos White V for THE ARTISTS FORUM, INC
Image:
Elizabeth Catlett, Courtesy of Sragow Gallery 

REVIEWER RATINGS:
5 out of 5 stars

2009 NATIONAL BLACK FINE ART SHOW

NEW YORK, NY (February 16, 2009) The 13th Annual National Black Fine Art Show (NBFAS) was held February 13 – 15th, 2009.

The NBFAS is the only fine art show of its kind, offering sales of original artwork by African, African-American, and Caribbean artists. This years show featured 40 exhibitors from across North America, and presented a full range of visual media work by early African-American masters such as Edward Bannister and Robert Duncanson, modern masters such as Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, and contemporary artists like Carrie Mae Weems and The Artists Forum’s friend Danny Simmons.

Elizabeth Catlett “Sharecropper (male)” 1945
Elizabeth Catlett “Sharecropper (male)” 1945

A multitude of galleries were also present to answer questions about the featured artists and assist visitors with purchases. The show also featured several educational panels. This years series was entitled Exploring the Ever Expanding Global Art World and focused on creating a better understanding of how to be a keen collector in the midst of an overload of information.

After 12 years at the Puck Building, the fair has a new mid-town location at 7 West 34th Street. The space and ease of entry was quite noteworthy. Show founder and producer Josh Wainwright commented, “We are thrilled to have found a new home for the NBFAS at 7 W New York. The venue is elegant and spacious and will serve as the perfect backdrop for the magnificent material found at the show. We are also pleased that our Educational Series can now take place in the same location as the show itself. This convenience is mirrored by the very centralized location that 7 W New York represents. It is situated across the street from The Empire State Building, and one block from Herald Square and Macy’s.”

Artists we found most inspiring included: Manuel Hughes, Senghor Reid, and The Artists Forum: AFTV guests Gail Shaw-Clemons and Helen Evans Ramsaran.

For information about the National Black Fine Art Show, see this article in Black Art in America.

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