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Halima Taha Project


Halima taha:
Collecting Contemporary African and Black American Art in the 21st Century


Halima Taha 

Halima Taha 


Halima Taha is best known for her groundbreaking book Collecting African American Art: Works on Paper and Canvas (1998, 2005), the first book to validate collecting African American fine art and photography as an asset and commodity in the marketplace. It was the primary variable in conjunction with the National Black Fine Art Show (1997-2007) for Swann Galleries to establish the first African American auction category in the world. The success of this publication also inspired the National Gallery of Art to create a Collecting African American Art Symposium and was a catalyst for major museums worldwide to pursue collections of African American art to exhibit, catalogue and travel. In addition, it provided solid market criteria for publishers to print more monographs about African American artists and collections independent of museum shows, which had not previously been the norm.

Ms. Taha’s forthcoming publication, Collecting Contemporary African and Black American Art in the 21 st Century is an expanded and lavishly illustrated how to and reference guide with specific criteria for becoming an informed collector at every level. The publication includes an historic overview of collecting, succinct advice on framing, insurance, financing art, tax and estate planning; how to navigate a marketplace that has changed dramatically in the last 25 years as well as pointers on how to care for one’s collection.

A publication of this type requires a great deal of research, fieldwork and collaboration.  Your financial support would serve as a supplement to the publisher's art book advance which enables Ms. Taha to assess the collective activity of the marketplace on three continents - North America, Africa and Europe.  

Hammonds House Museum is partnering with Ms. Taha to support her ongoing research, scholarship and the forthcoming publication.  Your donation through Hammonds House Museum is tax deductible.  All contributors will be listed in the book in recognition of their contribution.  Ms. Taha will deliver a private consultation to donors who give at the $5000 level and above. 

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