Race had a place in description of art collection

September 14, 2012

The letter writer who objects to the Sun Magazine noting that Vic Carter has collected more than 300 works by black artists, poses the rhetorical question of whether it would be noted if someone had a collection of works by white artists ("A double standard in reporting on race in the arts," Sept. 13). Apparently the writer has not had much contact with collectors, because as someone who works in an antiques business, I can tell you that the type of person who amasses a collection of 300 objects invariably has a specialty. If Mr. Carter considers African-American art the focus of his collection, then it is relevant to the reporting of the story. Or is the writer suggesting that we describe a Civil War memorabilia collection as "19th-century antiques," a collection of early editions of Shakespeare as "antiquarian books," and Mr. Carter's collection as "20th century art"? I'd like to think that even the late Ron Smith would find that silly.

Helen Glazer, Owings Mills

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