Taking The Mystery Out Of Buying African Art

Commanding record auction prices, art from the Motherland has grown in popularity and profitability.But how can you tell the authentic from the faux?

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Here are a few other resources you may find helpful in learning more about collecting African art:
The Museum for African Art, 593 Broadway, New York, NY 10012; 212-966- 1313.
Metropolitan Museum of Art (Rockefeller Primitive Art Wing), 1000 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10028; 212-879-5500
The Brooklyn Museum of Art, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11238; 718- 638-5000
The Schomburg Collection, The Schomburg Center for Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Blvd., New York, NY 10037; 212-491-2200.
National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institute, 950 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20560; 202-357-4600.
The Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202; 313-833-7900.

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