James D. Watts
Over the past 35 years, Kerry and C. Betty Davis have worked to fill their Atlanta home with more than 400 works by African-American artists.
The couple’s collection includes pieces by such well-known artists as Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence and Elizabeth Catlett, alongside paintings and sculptures by up-and-coming young artists.
Now, an exhibit drawn from the Davis collection will go on display for the first time, as Gilcrease Museum hosts “Memories & Inspiration: The Kerry and C. Betty Davis Collection of African American Art.”
The exhibit will feature 62 works from the couple’s collection, which cover about a century of artistic expression, from the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s to the present day. It was organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C.
“We have worked with this company in the past, and this exhibit first caught our eye about two and a half years ago,” said Laura Fry, senior curator and curator of art at Gilcrease Museum.