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The Gray Book : Art In Review 
Spring Edition 2018

Art in Review: Celebrating 7 Years of Presenting Contemporary Art of the African Diaspora 

Appreciation of Art 
Through Cultural Engagement 

Works exhibited in “If Not Now…When?”

Educate    Stimulate    Appreciate    Love

In this edition of the Gray Book: Art In Review, the gallery celebrates previous exhibition themes. From showing the beauty of humanity in Michael D. Harris ‘s Art Portraits: Portrait of the Artist, to examining our national and global conditions in group exhibition If Not Now… When?– the gallery embraces, appreciates and collects works that portray current and collective thought. 

Looking at the art of the African Diaspora, we honor our history.  This year, Barack and Michele Obama chose contemporary artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald to depict their images as President and First Lady. The Smithsonian now collects art representing a portrayal of how the Obamas wanted to be visualized over generations.

Experiencing and collecting art is a personal connection, and often a look at culture. In this review, I highlight our community engagement initiatives, which included guest author Joe Barry Carol’s book signing. Also highlighted, a special collectors evening with Richard Mayhew with special guest Dr. Halima Taha. We also celebrated the next generation of artists in collaboration with Spelman’s art department, presenting student thesis exhibitions, Color Series and Beauty and Reasons. 

Next week, look for another edition of The Gray Book : Art Investment. Thanks for your support of the gallery.

Artfully Yours,

September Gray, Gallery Director 

Coming Soon 

Passion and Poetry 
The Art of Louis
Delsarte

Exhibiting May 25th to August 25th 

Opening Reception, Friday, May 25 from 7 to 9 pm

This exhibition will explore celestial motifs, dreams and fantasy themes portrayed in the works of the artist. Join us as we celebrate Delsarte’s legacy of over 50 years of experience as a professional artist and educator.

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ART IN REVIEW 
Gallery Exhibitions 
November 2017 – April 2018 :

Art Portraits: Portrait of the Artist

Michael D. Harris

November 2017, the gallery exhibited Atlanta-based artist and scholar Michael D. Harris ‘s Art Portraits: Portrait of the Artist. In 2017, Harris was granted the Alain Locke Award from the Detroit Institute for the Arts. In 2016, he received the James Porter Award from Howard University. In 2001, he was among a group of curators and scholars listed as 25 Who Made a Difference published in the Fall Issue of International Review of African American Art

Photo by Michael D. Harris, Ph.D © 2016

“All art is, on some level, autobiographical, providing insights into the artist’s persona, virtuosity, preferences, vision, available technology, and the context within which he or she lives. While many of the works here are portraits of people I know in the arts, the exhibition in its entirety is a self-portrait. It reflects the straddle I live over painting and photography, and over art history and studio art, and marks my personal evolution as an artist from early quilt forms and the grid, to occasional multiple image works today.” Michael D. Harris, Ph.D.

Photos by Likisha Griffin ©2018 @LGriffinCreative

If Not Now… When?

Group Exhibition 

 February 2018, the gallery partnered with NobleSol Art Group to present an important visual dialogue, exhibiting the works of Alexi Torres, Alfred Conteh, Juan Logan, Kevin Cole, Okeeba Jublo and Sheila Pree Bright. As Atlanta has a history of iconic Human Rights  leadership–from the Atlanta Student Movements of the 60s to political street art initiatives of today — this exhibit takes a critical look at the current state of culture, rights, citizenship, struggles and education in the United States and abroad


Kevin Sipp, Independent Scholar and Fine Artist,  in conversation with Atlanta-based artists of the If Not Now… When? group exhibition

Video Production by Rod Moore  ©2018 

” If Not Now, When? group exhibition presented artists who reveal stories in their works from direct experiences. As cities around the country gentrify historical spaces,  Sheila Pree Bright, Alfred Conteh, Okeeba Jubalo and Kevin Cole commit to portraying communal narratives. The  content expands as perspectives of the global community are represented through works of Alexi Torres and Juan Logan, known for their themes in examining humankind.” – September Gray

Photos by Ron Witherspoon ©2018 

Cultural Engagement Highlights

Black American Voices Book Signing 

NBA All Star, artist, and author Joe Barry Carroll discussed his latest book, Black American Voices: Shared Culture, Values, And Emotions. Carroll’s first book, Growing Up In Words and Images is an award-winning memoir that received praise from Publishers Weekly, Tony Award-winning Broadway stage director Kenny Leon, and artist and educator Michael D. Harris, PhD. Black American Voices: Shared Culture, Values, And Emotions is available at Amazon.com and JoeBarryCarroll. com. 

Collectors Evening With Richard Mayhew and Special Guest Dr. Halima Taha

Private event celebrating Richard Mayhew.

Photos by Ron Witherspoon ©2018 

Spelman Thesis Exhibition

Beauty and Reasons
 Shon K. Walker

Color Series
Sarina A. Shane 

As a community engagement initiative, September Gray Fine Art Gallery supports Atlanta’s next generation of women artists. In April, the gallery  exhibited the works of Spelman students Shon K. Walker and Sarina A. Shane. 

As we admire Spelman’s commitment to educate and build confidence in young women pursuing their legacy goals, the gallery was proud to host an opening reception and artist talk.


For updates about exhibitions and programming , follow September Gray Fine Art gallery over soical media. 

September Gray Fine Art Gallery (SGAG) is Atlanta’s premier gallery specializing in contemporary works by established, mid-career and emerging African American and African Diaspora artists. SGAG presents historically and culturally significant works as a means for championing the preservation of the African Diaspora cultural legacy and narrative.

Our Offerings

SGAG denudes the intricacies of the art market by assisting corporate and private collectors with articulating and executing single acquisition and long-term collection strategies that both reflect their individual tastes and advance their short-term and long-term investment goals. 

In addition, SGAG offers a comprehensive range of complementary fine art, curatorial and consulting services to private and corporate clients and is conversant in the discreet assessment, acquisition and placement of fine art within its exclusive network of collectors.

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75 Bennett Street, Suite O-2 Atlanta, Georgia 30309  | 404.907.1923 

The Gray Book : Art Investment 
Summer Edition 2018

 Celebrating 7 Years of Presenting Contemporary Art of the African Diaspora 

Art Institute of Chicago

Charles White: A Retrospective

Opens June 7, 2018 through September 3, 2018

A gifted draftsman and printmaker as well as a talented mural and easel painter.  His work magnified the power of the black figure through scale and form, communicating universal human themes while focusing attention on the lives of African Americans.

He explored African American history and the fight for freedom and the dignity of labor and human nature. 

Investing In Culture & Collective Histories 

In this edition of The Gray Book: Art Investment, we discuss how collecting art is a direct relationship to one’s identity.  When you collect, you have a visual representation of history, which reveals a time and place, a record of life lived– and an account of creditable events. 

There is not one way to collect art, but several ways. Sometimes new collectors are concerned with the approach to collecting– whether they should have a formal education or comprehensive knowledge of the art world. The most knowledgeable collectors are  buying what they find interesting.

Owners of the Dallas Cowboys Stadium, Jerry Jones and his wife Gene, had a vision to present contemporary art in planning a twenty-first-century coliseum.  Jones admitted to having no idea about what to invest in or having a knowledge of artists in the industry, but decided that he wanted to offer visitors of his stadium a visual experience reflecting Jones’s ideals and values through an art experience.  Jones and his wife agreed to invest in large scale works that connected to their vision.

Kassem Dean, better known as recording artist Swiss Beats, also has become a huge investor in the arts. In 2015, he discussed how he became a collector with Artnet.com.  “I was getting older and graduating in life,” he recalls. “I got a little success and wanted to start buying art for my house. Basquiat’s name just kept coming up in conversation, so I started doing my homework and saw that the lines with me and him were running parallel. I was making music like he was painting—just making it out of anything, like ‘give me this broken turntable’.” Full article here.

This summer the gallery exhibits the legacy work of renown artist Louis Delsarte. The gallery extends a personal invitation to all collectors to view works from an artist with over 50 years of experience and commitment to creating masterpieces. Schedule a walk through by contacting the gallery directly at september@septembergrayart.com.

Artfully Yours,

September Gray, Gallery Director 

Works by Louis Delsarte 

Passion and Poetry 
The Art of Louis
Delsarte

Exhibiting
May 25th to September 8th

Artist Talk
August 25th

2:00 to 4:00 pm
 

Summer Gallery Hours

Thursday –  Friday |  12:00 to 5:00 pm

Saturday | 12 noon to 3:00 pm 

* Collectors may schedule a walk through by contacting 404-907-1923

Investing in Art and Ideas that Reflect a Visual Conscious of the Times We Live

Past Times by Kerry James Marshall sold for $21.1 million this month to music industry executive Sean Combs.

Black artists are becoming more recognized in the mainstream art game as there are new types of collectors emerging in the market. Institutions are now having to consider diversifying their collections.

Galleries which served as influential spaces, and also institutions, have overlooked some incredible artworks that have served as insightful portrayals of the world we live. Institutions have used art as a way to conduct business agendas rather than influencing community wealth through art investment.  

An interesting read exploring this idea was presented by Non-Profit Quarterly in April. Read here: https://nonprofitquarterly.org/2018/04/19/baltimore-museum-sells-art-white-men-finance-diverse-holdings/

Collecting Works of 
the African Diaspora 

Read more here

A new awakening is leveraging our look at identity. As emerging black buyers and liberals are recognizing artists–who are self-defining the black aesthetic and celebrating our varied cultural identities in the African Diaspora– minstrel themed work is no longer the overwhelming  standard of art investment relating to historical value.  

Artists of African descent are being represented more than ever now in art spaces globally. In 2017, Lubania Himid won the Turner Prize. Himid is a leading figure in the British Black movement, being the first black woman to win the pre-eminent award for contemporary art. Lubaina Himid was born in 1954 in Zanzibar, Tanzania. She explores themes connected to Europe’s colonial past and the wealth derived from slavery. Cotton.com is a series of 85 paintings recalling an incident from 1860 when mill workers in Northern England refused to process cotton grown in Confederate States. The work allows for us to see a board view of our collective history relating to colonization and the Atlantic slave trade.

Ownership and Legacy Building

Opening Reception Passion and Poetry: The Art of Louis Delsarte

Photos by Ron Witherspoon ©2018 

A well rounded collection is defined by the collectors as they are the influencers of trends in the market place.  As the gallery influences collectors to build wealth through art, we know it is important to acquire works by mid-career and well-established artists.  We are the stake holders of our identities, who define worth as we see it in an ever changing art market. 

Thanks for supporting the gallery over our 7 years of exhibiting works of the African American Diaspora. We hope you will visit the gallery this summer and invest in a Louis Delsarte piece as we recognize legacy that can be passed down from generation to generation through an art investment.

To learn more about current trends in purchasing art read “Wall Street Rush to Scoop up Black Art sends Prices Sky high” by Bloomberg.com

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-18/black-art-spurs-gold-rush-as-collector-stampede-drives-up-prices
 

For updates about exhibitions and programming , follow September Gray Fine Art gallery over social media. 

September Gray Fine Art Gallery (SGAG) is Atlanta’s premier gallery specializing in contemporary works by established, mid-career and emerging African American and African Diaspora artists. SGAG presents historically and culturally significant works as a means for championing the preservation of the African Diaspora cultural legacy and narrative.

Our Offerings

SGAG denudes the intricacies of the art market by assisting corporate and private collectors with articulating and executing single acquisition and long-term collection strategies that both reflect their individual tastes and advance their short-term and long-term investment goals. 

In addition, SGAG offers a comprehensive range of complementary fine art, curatorial and consulting services to private and corporate clients and is conversant in the discreet assessment, acquisition and placement of fine art within its exclusive network of collectors.

FOLLOW THE SEPTEMBER GRAY ART GALLERY ON SOCIAL MEDIA 



Kevin Cole is an award winning artist and educator whose works are held in over 2000 public and private collections, including the

Gallery Artist, Kevin Cole with Mr. President, Hear Our Cry

Gallery Artist, Kevin Cole with Mr. President, Hear Our Cry

collections of the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA; King & Spalding, Atlanta, GA; IBM, White Plains, NY; Michael Jordan; Dallas Austin and Monica Pearson.

We are honored to present the work of Kevin Cole for your home and office collections. Kevin’s work is currently on view at our Buckhead gallery and also is featured on our website. You are invited to contact the gallery by telephone 404.907.1923 or via email to info@septembergrayart.com for further information.

 


NEWS

The Gray Book | June Edition 2017 | Summer Review

Coming Soon 
Artist Nengi Omuku
We Are Not Different
Nengi Omuku is a Nigerian artist who completed her BA
and MA at the Slade School of fine art, University College London. She has had solo and group exhibitions in the UK and Nigeria, and now lives and works in Nigeria. Her artistic practice has won her scholarships and awards, including the British Council CHOGM art award, presented by HRH Queen Elisabeth II.
Coming Soon 
Michael D. Harris, Ph.D.
Artist, Curator & Scholar
Michael D. Harris, Ph.D. was named to the list of curators and scholars, 25 Who Made a Difference, in the Fall 2001 issue of International Review of African American Art.  The list includes David Driskell, James Porter, Samella Lewis, Richard Powell, and Jeff Donaldson, among others.  Harris also received the James Porter Award from Howard University in 2016 and the Alain Locke Award from the Detroit Institute for the Arts in 2017. 
Coming Soon 
Joe Barry Carroll
Author & Painter

 Joe Barry Carroll’s upcoming book, Black American Voices: Shared Culture, Values and Emotions will be featured in the gallery’s upcoming Community Engagement Series this Fall. Carroll’s award-winning memoir, Growing Up, received praise from a number of critics, who include Kenny Leon,  Tony Award winning Broadway stage, Television and Film Director. The book portrays paintings by Carroll and narratives about life as the tenth of 13 children growing up in Pine Bluff, Arkansas and Denver, Colorado, life in the NBA and creating a fulfilling life after retiring from professional basketball.

Art In Review

September Gray Fine Art Gallery has experienced a year of great growth, new followers and rich art experiences. As we welcome warm weather and a change of season, the gallery pays tribute to the artists whose creativity and vision has enriched our contemporary fine art journey.

In this edition of The Gray Book, we present Art In Review celebrating this year’s exhibitions and community engagement programming. Also, I share a critical look at investing in art– financially, politically and in preservation of our human connections.
(Photo © 2017 LGriffin Creative)

Artists & Exhibits

Freddie Styles & Richard Mayhew | The Nature of Art

Group Exhibition 14 October – 31 December 2016 

Freddie Styles work has a history of solo and group exhibitions in the Atlanta art scene and beyond. His exhibitions include: Evolving, a solo show at the Airport Atrium Gallery at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport; African American Abstraction, City Gallery East, Atlanta GA;  Old, New, Borrowed, Blue, Clark University, Atlanta, GA; Roots, Needles and Fax, Tubman Museum, Macon, GA; and Freddie Styles, Bill Hodges Gallery, New York.

Richard Mayhew is known for a spiritual connection to the natural world and his roots in his dual ancestry as an African American and Native American (his father- a descendant of African American and Shinnecock; his mother- a descendant of African American and Cherokee) During his boyhood, Mayhew’s paternal grandmother taught him Native traditions and his kinship with the earth, and spiritual realm.
(Photos © 2016 Ron Witherspoon) 

Alfred Conteh | Two Fronts: Surface and Reason

Solo Exhibition 3 February– 3 March 2017

Alfred Conteh is a contemporary visual artist who shares life experiences and personal truth grounded in African American heritage rooted in the South. Having childhood experiences growing up in Fort Valley, Georgia –100 miles south of Atlanta – Conteh discovered his interests in the arts at a very early age. His enthusiasm for comic books and cartoons in high school evolved into a passion for visual arts. As a student at Peach County High School he learned art history, technique, and skill under the direction of his mentor and art teacher, Johnny Heller. Conteh soon realized that there was a great deal more to learn and explore. He continued his education at Hampton University, known for its rich collection–Conteh earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts. A classically trained artist, Conteh later earned a Masters in Fine Arts at Georgia Southern University.

Jeremiah Ojo is the curator of Two Fronts: Surface and Reason.  As an arts and culture management consultant, working internationally in artist development, gallery management & independent curation – Ojo brought great insights to the exhibition. Ojo is the Managing Director of Creative Milieu Consulting Group. His collaborative work with minority emerging contemporary artists, art institutions, corporations, and collectors has carved a pathway of connectivity for creative professionals throughout the African Diaspora.  
(Photos © 2017 Ron Witherspoon) 

Preston Sampson | White Noise

Solo Exhibition 31 March 2017 – 30 May 2017

Preston Sampson is a Maryland based visual artist having an extensive body of work. A jazz enthusiast, his most exuberant paintings are the expansion of melodic ideas. He sees his figurative portrayals as attempts “to emote, to touch, to move you to the center of it all, to enable you to feel certain changes, like fleeting moments of memory.” He portrays historical references of African American history in his works. For example African-American men who starred in the Negro Baseball Leagues for nearly half a century. Sampson’s work depicting a Pittsburgh Crawford player was published by the Smithsonian Institute in 1994.
(Photos © 2017 Ron Witherspoon) 

Community Engagement Programs 

A Conversation with Richard Mayhew & Freddie Styles 

 

A Conversation with Richard Mayhew & Freddie Styles

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

In Fall, Joe Barry Carroll moderated a conversation with Richard Mayhew and Freddie Styles at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens in Atlanta, Georgia . They discuss the intersection of art and nature discussing the mystery of our natural connection to the divine universe. 
(Video Production © 2017 Rod Moore) 

A Conversation With Alfred Conteh

 

Saturday, 11 February 2017

In Winter, Alfred Conteh presented a talk to the Atlanta community on Two Fronts: Surface & Reason, facilitated by Kevin Sipp, Cultural Affairs and Public Art Coordinator for the City of Atlanta’s Gallery 72. “Two Fronts: Surface & Reason is a visual exploration of how African diasporic societies in the American South are fighting social, economic, educational and psychological wars from within and without to survive. The honest and false narratives of history embodied in this series are primarily personified in patinated colossi that commemorate the people, culture, and battles that the populations they tower over have fought and continue to fight. 
(Video Production © 2017 Rod Moore) 

Adger Cowan | Personal Vision

Thursday, 9 March 2017
Signed copies of  Personal Vision are currently available to purchase at the gallery. 

This Spring, the engagement series featured Personal Vision by Adger Cowan. A Master Photographer, Cowan captured  American pop culture for the last century. Now 80, he is one of the greatest unrecognized luminaries of our time.  He worked for Katherine Hepburn, Jane Fonda, Al Pacino and Spike Lee, to just name a few. Adger also worked as an apprentice to Gordon Parks.  Parks once stated, “ Adger’s individualism set’s him apart, simply because he follows his own convictions.”
(Photos © 2017 Ron Witherspoon)

David S. Mitchell| We Hold These Truths Book Tour

 

Saturday, 6 May 2017
Signed copies of We Hold These Truths are currently available to purchase at the gallery. 

Inspired by his tenure as senior aide and deputy campaign manager on a US Senate campaign in North Carolina in 2010, Mitchell penned We Hold These Truths, a compelling narrative exploring the complex landscape of race and politics—and the missed opportunity for change—in the aftermath of Barack Obama’s historic 2008 election.

The community engagement series also featured live music by Atlanta cellist Okorie Johnson of OK Cello, who  performed alongside the White Noise exhibition by Preston Sampson. Okorie Johnson has performed and/or recorded with India Arie, De La soul, Anthony David, Doria Roberts, Callaghan, Paul Mercer and Leah Morgan amongst others.
(Video Production © 2017 Rod Moore) 

Art Investment

“I’m not just selling art; I’m making a connection.”

 

Gallery Director, September Gray

 The Business of Art:  Can art still be an object of passion?

With the financial markets so volatile and our world in a head spin, people are weary of spending in an unknown future.  Politics is wreaking  havoc of what’s true and what’s not. There’s even a new term called, “alternative facts”.  As a result, people throughout the world are looking for change, answers and a better way to live.

Artists of our times are a big part of this picture, showing us who we are and how we are living –essentially giving us a mirror to reflect.  Times of political turbulence create opportunities for collectors to seek solace in art. Given we are constantly bombarded with negative news, one might  expect  people not to be open to buy luxury goods, but interestingly, it is times like these when people need beauty and truth from the art they acquire. With these acquisitions, we are choosing to decide how we view the world. Through meaningful art, you focus your thoughts on a wonderful work that allows the pleasure of honoring personal truths and meaning so we may speak in our own narrative, ‘ my world still reflects the values and things I hold dear no matter what is happening around me or the world I live in’.

People who collect art desire beauty and cultural intellect in their lives.  With the business of the art market in the well-known auction houses prices have spun out of control.

We now have works from Jean-Michel Basquiat that sold for $50.00 to $3500.00 during the 80”s.  Recently, Sotheby’s set a record for an American artist and his work as it sold for $110. million.  This price surge not too long after an article that discussed how the Whitney Museum didn’t  think Basquiat’s work was suitable for the storage room! Clearly, we are left  to presume that there are many markets and socio-economic factors when it comes to determining what is valuable and what is not. With this backdrop, we are witnessing  extremely high prices paid for art and new money from  the BRIC countries that are overvaluing the work in their eagerness to prove their status in the global society.

Despite this price surge, I continue to find evidence that most collectors are becoming more thoughtful about their purchasing of work. As a gallery owner, it is important to me to have work that has meaning as well as value.  The added value comes from being knowledgeable about the work, it’s artist, and continued support of artists ascending on the global stage.

Art is intensely personal. As long as you are living and passionate about life, this approach will allow for collecting with meaning.  We need not allow the outside world of politics or mass marketing of latest trends dictate what has meaning in our decisions of art collecting. Collecting art is about your passion, your feelings, and what connects you to the work or the artist.

For me: I collect art, I offer art, and I connect with art.  It is the ultimate connection of life and meaning–  how I see others and myself.  That is perhaps what I love most– the notion of bringing people together through beautiful works of art.  This concept is one that the political world seems to not grasp. If you connect with the world– you can make better decisions and hopefully bring people together for the common good no matter your politics.

 Quote:

“Of course it is possible to live to live without the arts, but to do so would compromise the very art of living.”
-Dr. Johnetta Betche Cole

Art | Culture | Community 

Summer Gallery Hours By Appointment. Contact 404-964-2077 for scheduling 

Our Mission

September Gray Fine Art Gallery (SGAG) is the nation’s premier gallery specializing in contemporary works by established, mid-career and emerging African American and African diasporic artists. Located in Atlanta, Georgia, SGAG presents historically and culturally significant works as a means for championing the preservation of the African diasporic cultural legacy and narrative.

Our Offerings

SGAG denudes the intricacies of the art market by assisting corporate and private collectors with articulating and executing single acquisition and long-term collection strategies that both reflect their individual tastes and advance their short-term and long-term investment goals. In addition, SGAG offers a comprehensive range of complementary fine art, curatorial and consulting services to private and corporate clients and is conversant in the discreet assessment, acquisition and placement of fine art within its exclusive network of collectors.

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