We’re covering the other side of this art game today! Ashley Lee, a lawyer by day and art collector, every other moment of her life. Ashley is committed to building her art collection, and we discuss how she does it. It’s a little bit of budgeting, a little bit of research, and a whole lot of passion for the work that she loves. We break down things like budgeting and framing, getting to know artists, and how the pieces make her feel. Ashley tells us about her favorite artists, her dream pieces, and the importance of telling every how they can build a great collection without being rich. It’s a great art collecting conversation for you today on the Noize! Listen, subscribe, and share!
Episode 175 topics include:
why collect art
the art-collecting community
connecting with artists and art
defining your art collection
budgeting for collecting
artist wish list
framing and presenting work in your home
growth in collecting
Ashley is an attorney, black art blogger, and private Black art collector based in Atlanta, GA. Although she acquired her first open edition print by notable artist Gilbert Young in 2005 as part of a leadership program with her alma mater Spelman College, she became a serious Black art collector in 2018 when she acquired the "Obama No Drama" linocut by David C. Driskell to commemorate her experience as a 2012 Democratic National Convention Obama Delegate. Over the years, she has collected scores of works including works from established artists such as Kerry James Marshall, Sam Gilliam, Faith Ringgold, Elizabeth Catlett, and Samella Lewis.
Ashley collects Black art exclusively because in the words of Faith Ringgold "art is a form of experience of the person, the place, the history of the people, and as Black people, we are different." While she has acquired amazing pieces thus far, her art collecting journey is in full swing as she continues to purchase pieces that resonate with her and represent different aspects of her soul.
See more: The AML Collection website + The AML Collection IG @theamlcollection
Presented by: Black Art In America
Jamaal Barber: @JBarberStudio
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