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Detroit’s Hidden Black Art Collection to be Shown

If you live in Detroit or will be visiting Nov. 12th to March 1st, you’re in for a treat! That’s if you’re an art lover.

Detroit Collects: Selections of African American Art from Private Collections will be shown at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

The collections will have 60 objects in total and will be drawn from 19 private collectors. The show is a product of a group of art lovers that formed the Detroit Fine Arts Breakfast Club back in 2009.  The group aims to foster arts and patronage in downtown Detroit. Since then, it has become a place for hundreds of people to meet local artists to view their art.

Greenwich Village, 1945, by Beauford Delaney, from the collection of Mary Anne and Eugene Gargaro Jr.Source: Detroit Institute of Arts

Detroit Collects: Selections of African American Art from Private Collections¬†will feature artwork by artists Nick Cave, Beauford Delaney, Carrie Mae Weem, Kerry James Marshall, and more. Last year, Kerry James Marshall’s painting sold for a record-setting 21 million at auction. The buyer was non other than Mr. Sean Combs. That was the highest amount ever paid for a living black artist’s work.

If you’ll be in Detroit Nov. 12th to March 1st, don’t miss out! Find out more about this show at

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