Carmelo Anthony isn't the first NBA player to show an interest in art by African American artists. Elliot Perry retired from the game in 2002 but he and his wife have kept plenty busy with their impressive contemporary art collection which includes works by Kehinde Wiley, Hank Willis Thomas, Jeff Sonhouse, Nina Chanel Abney, Radcliffe Bailey, and others. The Perrys will open an exhibition of these artists' work and more soon in Michigan at the Flint Institute of Arts on January 26. Thirty-six artists featured in the exhibition are African American and another three are from the African Diapora. "This collection tackles so many different issues," says Elliot Perry. "It shows the rich heritage of African American people in so many diverse ways."
For more information about the collection and upcoming exhibition, check out flintarts.org.