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The Black History in Art History - The Art Market During the Slave Trade and its Aftermath
Artist and art historian, Vincent Johnson asked, “Why has the Harlem Renaissance never been perceived to have created a lightning aesthetic and sublime philosophical ideal equal to what is perceived to have been achieved by New York’s Abstract Expressionism followed by Pop?” Johnson’s nearly year-long history of the African Experience in America on social media garnered international attention showing the spectacular forces invested in the West’s elevation. Next, Johnson showed that the phenomenal wealth generated by the Atlantic Slave Trade was often the primary tool for fueling the cultural life of the Western arts from Paris to London and its colonies. It was the elite planters’ operations which created riches for patrons and art collectors on both continents of the Atlantic. Counter to this was the unrelenting multi-prong physical, written, visual and verbal devastating assault on the African in and out of America for centuries. The Harlem difference is therefore explained.
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