Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The Soul of Black Art: A Collector's View at Upfor Gallery, Portland


The Soul of Black Art: A Collector's View at Upfor Gallery, Portland

curated by John Goodwin

Uproar's exhibit is timely even if one walks on hot coals commenting on it. Times can change for the better but not always for all at the same time. Equality is not just a slogan but requires constant engagement with contemporary culture. Art can be that tool and can also be the barometer and watch dog that mirrors back to us what is needed from us at what level.
Of course the art world has the same biases as the rest of the environment and it is important that collectors of art by black artists exist. As of late racism seems to have become acceptable again by some elements of society and it is important to elevate the discourse, ones own and that with others, if words are used in a derogative way. We can't be silent bystanders and claim the higher ground. We all exist on the same ground and we all deserve each others support and yes defense should it be necessary.
All life's need to be valued and black lives are at stake right now as we speak. This exhibit is a reminder of the fight that is still ahead for all of us to become better than our past.


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