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Art Prices and Race: Paintings by African American Artists and Their White Contemporaries

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  • Richard Agnello

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    (Department of Economics,University of Delaware)

  • Xiaowen Xu

    (Department of Economics,University of Dela)

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In this paper we compare prices of oil paintings sold at auction from 1972 to 2004 for African American artists and their white contemporaries. It is widely documented by the art community that African American art has been under appreciated in America going back to the time of slavery. Along with the great strides made in the twentieth century towards racial equality in the U.S., African American art has become recognized in the national and international art scene with much focus from galleries, programs and exhibitions. Our interest is to investigate the extent that economic and financial markets have incorporated mainstream acceptance of African American art.

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Paper provided by University of Delaware, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 06-06.

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Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: 2006
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Handle: RePEc:dlw:wpaper:06-06

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