Art Collector Questionnaire

Look Inside Arts Patron Bernard Lumpkin’s Apartment, Where Walls Were Erected To Hang His Impressive Collection

Bernard Lumpkin at home in New York. On wall at left: Eric N. Mack, Untitled, 2014. On back wall: Mickalene Thomas, Mary J. Me, 2002. Photography by Myles Loftin.

At home in New York, Bernard Lumpkin and Carmine Boccuzzi are surrounded by works from Rashid Johnson, Jonathan Lyndon Chase, Kerry James Marshall, and Derrick Adams, to name a few. When decorating their child’s room, the couple chose to mount a Christina Quarles painting above the crib. Their collection, built around a core of rising Black artists, is currently on tour in the “Young, Gifted, and Black” exhibition, co-curated by Antwaun Sargent and Matt Wycoff, touching down at the Rhodes College Clough-Hanson Gallery in Memphis, Tennessee, on Sep. 8. Most recently, the pair, who met while studying at Yale University, announced that they would be endowing an annual scholarship at the institution's School of Art, in their friend and fellow Yale alum Mickalene Thomas's name. Here, Lumpkin offers insight into living and working in the arts, and defines what it means to be a patron in the field.  

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