How To Promote Anti-Racism Through Art Purchases

In Art Collecting, How To Promote Anti-Racism in Art

Anisa Tavangar (@anisatav) had a fascinating Instagram post.

I wanted to dedicate a moment to her ideas that was more than a like. She was on full attack mode on the Metropolitan Museum of Art this week, and I was here for all of it.

Tavangar broke down the history of the museum. She says, "The foundations of primitivism, from the imperialistic acquisitions of the objects to the name of their original museum to the original name of the department, are clear."

Tavangar argues that the "arrangement of the wing is a blatant upholding of white supremacist ideals of anti-Blackness and anti-Indigeneity."

She adds, "The grouping of three regions of the globe, each divided by entire oceans, makes no coherent sense."

She continues, "Display practice - crowded cases, low lighting, vague and generalized descriptions - communicate to audiences a lack of distinction between objects."

At the end of her post, she asks, "What is the solution to colonialist museum frameworks?" She answers, " I don't know."

What is the solution to colonialist museum frameworks?

But I'd like to give my answer. The Rockefellers donated their capital to develop this white supremacist ideal, and I'd like to pose to my fellow POC and allies to donate their wealth to develop anti-racist ideals in these institutions. Particularly now, when they are so financially vulnerable.

The problem is that people of color are allowing the same types of people to define beauty and art. That's precisely why I developed the resource of the Art Gallery Journal. Although it's certainly meant for all audiences with any aesthetic and taste, I believe if we collectively encourage more people to buy fine art. We will stop seeing art defined by old families who have not adapted to the mainstream's desire for anti-racism.

The Art Gallery Journal

There was a time when buying a car was only for the wealthy, but now many of us purchase cars before homes. However, generally speaking, a car will only be devalued through time, but a carefully purchased piece of art will likely only grow in value. My new book, the Art Gallery Journal, will help take you on that journey to successfully purchase art.

If you're a follower of our blogs, I'm 99% positive that you are anti-racist or striving to be there. I tend to post paintings and themes dedicated to that anti-racism journey, as that's my art collection ambition.

In my personal life, I want to show that to my own future family by collecting original art that shows the vision of anti-racism and other seminal values of our family. I also want art that will significantly rise in value, because I'm a capitalist, and I believe that the next wave of capitalism will be anti-racist. Anti-racism is the only option as a global community. If you want to increase your profits, you should increase your customers by making anti-exclusionary practices obsolete.

Do POC Need White Saviors?

Banksy and others continue to chime that the problem is a white problem. Banksy said, "This is a white problem. And if white people don't fix it, someone will have to come upstairs and kick the door in." As a woman of color, I'm not quite sure.

There are institutional issues at these places, but why do African-Americans and other POCs continue to perceive these racist institutions as something to be admired? Why do we give them clout?

I've been stuck on Martin Luther King Jr.'s last speech for about a decade.

Now the other thing we'll have to do is this: Always anchor our external direct action with the power of economic withdrawal. Now, we are poor people, individually, we are poor when you compare us with white society in America. We are poor. Never stop and forget that collectively, that means all of us together, collectively we are richer than all the nations in the world, with the exception of nine. Did you ever think about that? After you leave the United States, Soviet Russia, Great Britain, West Germany, France, and I could name the others, the Negro collectively is richer than most nations of the world. We have an annual income of more than thirty billion dollars a year, which is more than all of the exports of the United States, and more than the national budget of Canada. Did you know that? That's power right there, if we know how to pool it.

Martin Luther King, Jr, "I've Been to the Mountaintop"

That speech was said in 1968 and more than 50 years later, we as people of color, are worth infinitely more now than then. Yet for many of us, we haven't adopted eyes towards our own values and still chase after admiration systems that do not have our best interests.

Economic Withdrawal Starts With POC

That speech was said in 1968 and more than 50 years later, we as people of color, are worth infinitely more now than then. Yet for many of us, we haven't adopted eyes towards our own values and still chase after admiration systems that do not have our best interests.

We shouldn't be waiting for anyone to open up the economy for us, but we need to start supporting first anti-racist institutions and values. This often starts within ourselves.