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This Modest New York Apartment Holds One of the Best Art Collections in Town

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/14/t-magazine/alvin-hall-art-collection.html

T’s 2021 Art Issue

Over the course of 40 years, Alvin Hall has amassed a trove of blue-chip artists merely by trusting his eye.

The collector Alvin Hall in his Manhattan apartment. The work hanging above him is “Endless Love” (1988) by Christian Marclay.
The collector Alvin Hall in his Manhattan apartment. The work hanging above him is “Endless Love” (1988) by Christian Marclay.Credit...Sean Donnola

Sandra E. Garcia

June 14, 2021

Observers of the art market have referred to the rising demand for work by contemporary African-American artists in recent years as, among other things, a “furor” or “surging,” and the work itself as “a hot commodity.” Ten years ago, it was relatively rare to see a Black artist’s work set a record at auction. Now, such sales are routine, boosted by numerous high-profile lots, perhaps most famously Kerry James Marshall’s 1997 painting “Past Times” (purchased by the rapper and music producer Sean Combs for $21.1 million at a Sotheby’s sale in 2018) and, more recently, Jean Michel-Basquiat’s “In This Case” (1983), which sold at Christie’s in May for $93.1 million — an astronomical price, but still only the second-highest ever paid for a Basquiat.

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T’s 2021 Art Issue

A look at the soul of the art world, and where it’s headed.

- Experts weigh in on how to buy a work of art , and artists share which artists to keep an eye on.

- How TriBeCa became New York’s hottest new gallery district, home to PPOW and more — and where to find notable galleries outside of New York and Los Angeles.

- The down-to-earth guy with one of the most exciting collections around

- … And the optimistic artist who turned the Met’s rooftop into a “Sesame Street” fantasy.

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