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The growth of the African American art market has been a buttressed in some of the most important ways by the efforts of Nigel Freeman and his team at Swann Galleries. Beginning in 2009, Freeman and Swann have steadily built the market for Modern and Contemporary art by African-American artists. Until 2015, growth was limited. But from 2015 to 2017, Swann's African American sales were substantially higher over both sales held that year. The new market volume wasn't sustainable but over the next two years, Swann was able to steadily increase sales auction by auction.
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