I am an artist, and I’ve never been asked to talk about my art collection before. I don’t really consider my chance assortment of works of art, photographs, other objects and musical instruments a bonafide collection. It is more a sampling of things that have asserted themselves onto my shelves and walls – let’s call it an “accumulation.” And I am limiting myself to talking about what is currently on display, as there’s a big difference between what one actually lives with, versus what one stores. The most expensive piece in my accumulation is an original Keith Haring drawing that he made right in front of me and gave to me in 1985. I was an art student at LaGuardia High School for Music and the Arts (“the Fame school”), and he was a visiting artist. His visit marks one of the few truly memorable days of high school, and after school some of us hung out with him, talking and making drawings together. I was impressed with his energy, how down to earth he was, and by how fearlessly and quickly he approached his drawings. I’d suspected that I had just met an artistic genius and resolved to keep his drawing forever. He was going on 27 years old, just 5 years before his death. Years later, when I learned how to make my own frames, I lovingly made a large frame for his small piece, and it’s still in it. It’s the most valuable piece not just speaking monetarily, but also because of what it represents. I consider it a daily reminder of a great artist, an important era in art, a moment we shared and of the impact that an artist can have on youth, even in a single day.
— i I believe that lower case black & white are for colors, and upper case is for ethnic groups. For example, see this recent NY Times article: “Black with a Capital B” (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/19/opinion/the-case-for-black-with-a-capital-b.html?_r=0)