STRONG PUBLICTY POTENTIAL: Cafritz has been profiled by the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and many lifestyle magazines including O.
MOST IMPORTANT ARTISTS OF TODAY: Peggy Cafritz’s collection featured work by the most celebrated artists working today, including: Kara Walker, Mickalene Thomas, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, David Hammons, Chris Ofili, Kehinde Wiley, Hank Willis Thomas, Nick Cave, Yinka Shonibare, Emory Douglas, among many others.
STRONG SALES POTENTIAL OUTSIDE OF TYPICAL BOOK OUTLETS: In addition to have a wide social network within various political and philanthropic circles in Washington DC, the author has close connections with social networks - like auxiliary clubs, etc - in the African-American community where she will give talks and hold book signings.
“THIS VOLUME IS A REAL TREASURE. Hundreds of contemporary artworks by artists of African descent are illustrated. Peggy Cooper Cafritz (1947-2018), the passionate and inveterate collector, purchased the works over two periods of time. (She lost her first art collection to a house fire in 2009, and soon began assembling another.) The book showcases her art collections and documents her life. She pens an engrossing biographical essay that spans growing up in Mobile, Ala., to her ascension as an influential Washington, D.C., lawyer, arts patron/advocate, and founder the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. In addition, her relationships with key figures are revealed and explored through contributions from artists, gallery owner Jack Shainman, and Studio Museum in Harlem Director Thelma Golden, who conducts an interview with Cafritz for the book. Emerging artists are overwhelmingly represented in Cafritz’s more recent collection, artists such as Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Nina Chanel Abney, Derek Fordjour, Tschabalala Self, Titus Kaphar, and Simone Leigh, who she supported early and are coming into their own today. Cafritz, who died at age 70, two days before the official publication of this book, bequeathed the majority of her vast collection to the Studio Museum (400+ works) and Duke Ellington (250+ works). The gesture will benefit generations to come, as will this volume, which Cafritz titled with her mantra: “Fired Up! Ready to Go!” She’s left an insightful gift of great value to both new collectors and art world insiders, as well as those interested in transformational cultural leaders.”
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