"Oftentimes abstract painting is not as celebrated as more figurative work by the black community. From the mainstream art world, it's just the sense of not being preoccupied with what black artists are doing, period,"*
-Valerie Cassel Oliver-
The Black Cube Collective is an arts group founded in 2020 by artist Yvette Miller. It's aim is to support, celebrate and recognize the contributions that black women abstract artist make and have made in the art world, a contribution that is often overlooked due to the historical and present day Eurocentric narrative surrounding abstract art practitioners.
I started the Black Cube Collective because as a black woman abstract artist I was surprised by the lack of exposure and recognition artists like myself receive when it comes to our work. Growing up in the UK I only ever really learned about white, male abstract artists. I think this is the main reason why, as a new artist, I really struggled to come to terms with my own artistic identity. There seems to be an unspoken assumption that if you are an artist of colour then you should automatically create art that reflects your race. Now while there is nothing wrong in this, it's important to realise that there is more than one way that black artists can express themselves. This needs to be recognized and received as an important and worthy contribution to creating a new narrative for 'black art' in a decolonised world.
*Quote source: Art News, The Changing complex profile of black abstract artists, 2014.