Author Archives: CAB

About CAB

Based in Chicago, Illinois, Camille Ann Brewer is a fine art advisor, cataloger, and appraiser of contemporary American fine art collections, and ancillary libraries and archives.

Workshop – Cataloging Art Objects

In conjunction with the National Conference of Artists, Michigan Chapter, CAB is planning an art object cataloging and documentation workshop to be held in early November 2013.

The workshop will instruct artists and art collectors how to catalog their collections based on Library of Congress cataloging standards, using FileMaker Pro 12 (FM Pro) for the database.

For more information about the workshop, please contact the NCA Gallery at 313-342-1786 or view the NCA, Michigan website - http://ncamich.org/

ART CART: Saving the Legacy

Camille Ann Brewer is working this spring as technical coordinator for ART CART: Saving the Legacy, an intergenerational arts legacy project that connects aging professional artists with teams of graduate students to undertake the preparation and documentation of their creative work.

The Research Center for Arts and Culture’s recent study, Above Ground: Information on Artists III: Special Focus New York City Aging Artists, revealed that artists are in many respects a model for society, maintaining strong social networks and an astonishing resilience as they age. Yet 61% of professional visual artists age 62+ have made no preparation for their work after their death; 95% have not archived their work; 97% have no estate plan; 3 out of every 4 artists have no will and 1 in 5 have no documentation of their work at all.

For the teams of artists and graduate fellows, Ms. Brewer provides technical support and guidelines for art cataloging according to museum standards.  The project employs Gallery Systems’ art database, EmbARK, for maintain objects, exhibition and artist records.

ART CART is currently working with visual artists based in New York City and Washington DC.

To Be Young, Gifted and Black in the Age of Obama, an exhibition

 “To Be Young, Gifted and Black in the Age of Obama” is an art exhibition featuring new drawings by eight African American visual artists responding to writings from the Black Arts Movement of the late 1960s.  The exhibition will be held at the Kentler International Drawing Space in Red Hook, Brooklyn from Friday, September 7 through Sunday, October 21, 2012.  The exhibition features the work of Alonzo Edwards, Duron Jackson, Yashua Klos, Jasmine Murrell, Jamea Richmond-Edwards, Senghor Reid, Alexandria Smith, and Matthew Thomas; and is curated by Camille Ann Brewer.

All born after the early 1970s, the artists in this exhibition were asked to read selected writings from the Black Arts Movement (BAM), the artistic branch of the Black Power movement, and create drawings in response to the readings.  The writings included articles on the AfriCOBRA aesthetic, “Black is a Color” by Raymond Sanders, and others.  The artists explored several questions.  Given the rich history of BAM that defined cultural aesthetics in many art forms during a specific time period in American history, what does it mean for African American artists, who were not born during the time of the BAM, to be young, gifted and Black in the age of an Obama presidency?  What is the response of young, educated African American artists today working in an “art world” that, in most cases, has shunned their voices?  Yet, in the months leading up to the 2012 U.S. Presidential election, why is the national dialogue asserting that the nation has moved passed institutionalized racism and that the country has moved into a “Post-Black” era?

The opening reception will be held Friday, September 7 from 6-8PM.  All the artists are planning to attend.  A curator’s talk will be held Sunday, September 23 at 4PM.  The public is invited.  All events are FREE.  Kentler International Drawing Space is located at 353 Van Brunt Street (cross street is Wolcott), Red Hook.  See www.kentlergallery.org for directions.  For more information call 718.875.2098.