For years, I subscribed to the axiom, “I don’t know anything about art, but I know what I like.” And, for me, what I liked were pieces that told a story of who I was. Not who I was as an individual, but who the “collective I” was in the context of being a person of color.
I began to meet artists and understand their motivations and how their love of African-American culture inspired them to create their work. I began to understand the significance of the mediums they used and the techniques they employed. It was from this knowledge that Pigment International was born. At Pigment, what we know for sure is that our art tells our stories.
A large part of the Pigment International dream was the creation of Black Fine Art Month in October.
This year, we will be celebrating the work of Black women artists under the theme, “A Woman’s Work.” We have engaged nationally to present substantive discussions on the state of Black art virtually with our platform partner New Day Culture. And based on the articles about the disparities that exist for Black artists within the mainstream art world, this effort is perfectly timed. Learn more about our programming by visiting www.blackfineartmonth.com or register for one of six Salon Talks at https://bit.ly/BFAMOCT.
Founder, Pigment Intl.
Devorah Crable and Phyliss North
Founders, Black Fine Art Month