BOOK REVIEW: The Black Market: A Guide to Art Collecting

The Black Market: A Guide to Art Collecting by Charles Moore is a great introductory guide to Black Art and Art Collecting.

This introductory guide to Black Art and artists, and the art market is great for novice art afficionados or someone looking for a great light read. Moore’s casual approach to breaking down the art market of Black artists provides a formal outline. From famous Black art collectors and celebrities to understanding the economics of owning art, this book is packed with insight. This title mentions some issues in the art world; however, this title is best used as a guide. It is a great introductory text for collecting black art and ultimately this book is Moore’s love letter to Black Art. Packed with some oral history, insight on which institutions center African American artistry and the Black Experience. This read provides discerning interviews from multiple Black artists, collectors and more. It is suggested to use this title as a preliminary text into art collecting, and history. Art collection, exhibition, and appreciation are three different things. This title highlights each and provides the reader a general overview of art collecting, paired with sprightly historical research. Undergraduates looking for insight about public and notable institutions and their collections and paired notoriety will jump at this title.

It is wonderful for a light read, as each chapter and section of the book includes some biographical insight of collectors and institutions. From famous Black art collectors and celebrities to understanding the economics of owning art.