A must for your art life…. Bannister & Prophet

A must for your art life…. Bannister & Prophet

A MUST for your art life…recommended books, catalogues and exhibits.


Edward Mitchell Bannister, 1828 – 1901
Kenkelba House, New York, Whitney Museum of American Art 1992
$7.32 plus shipping

Hale Woodruff, Nancy Elizabeth Prophet and the Academy
Amailia Amaki and Andrea Barnwell Brownlee, 2007
$7.79 plus shipping

During the first five years of my art business in the 1980’s one of the most revealing insights was that the gallerist and the client are partners in search of the right painting, the right artist, the right style for their home.

This search involves not just the painting but the resource library of old catalogues, old photographs or letters and best exhibitions to see. Clients share their “finds” with me often and now I pass them onto you.

If you love an artist, find out all you can about them and collect all the documents and see related exhibits!

This weeks suggestions: The discovery of Edward Bannister and other black artists from RI began in the 1980’s with a series of exhibitions at the Museum of American Art (Shared Traditions), Rhode Island College, Kenkeleba House and the Whitney Museum. Likewise, Nancy Prophet has been a serious topic of interest. To find out more for a very reasonable price go to Abebooks.com and check out the Whitney Museum catalogue on Bannister and the University of Washington Press catalogue on Prophet and her colleague Woodruff.