USD $39.95



ISBN: 978-1-913875-66-4

354 pages

254 × 210 mm (8 ¼ × 10 in)

152 colour illustrations

In association with International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC

November 2024


A robust survey of African American art across a broad range of media, which offers a glimpse into the personal stories of the artists and the collector.

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Since he started collecting in the 1990s, Eric Key’s intent has always been to help preserve Black America’s experience in the arts and to benefit the many communities of which he has been a part, opening gateways for artists, African Americans and conversations about race, identity and America. Featured in the volume are selected works by some of the most recognizable contemporary African American artists including Sam Gilliam, Jacob Lawrence, Elizabeth Catlett, William Artis, Samella Lewis and Renee Stout. Together, these artists work to dispel the many stereotypes and misunderstandings about African American art and people, but also remain a form of personal narrative.

As Eric Key states, the works in his collection are an extension of himself, a Black man in a still mostly white art world. They are an extension of the country in which he lives and an extension of the artists who created them. The catalogue accompanies a major travelling exhibition of the same name, organised by International Arts & Artists.

Author biographies

Halima Taha is a curator, teacher and author best known for her ground-breaking bestseller, Collecting African American Art: Works on Paper and Canvas
Adrienne L. Childs PhD is an independent art historian, curator and senior consulting curator at The Phillips Collection

Table of Contents

    • Foreword by Melanee Harvey PhD
    • Acknowledgments
    • Key Tonal Ruminations by Halima Taha
    • Exhibition Highlights
    • Matter of Representation by Adrienne L. Childs PhD
    • Notes
    • Bibliography
    • Exhibition Tour Schedule
    • Author Biographies
    • Index
    • Photo Credits