Lyle Ashton Harris, Myself, and Gregory Miller, of Gregory R. Miller & Co. in front of the African Regent Hotel, Accra

This past Sunday featured the launch of Lyle Ashton Harris’ 20 Year retrospective book Blow Up, in Ghana. The featured guest speaker from New York was Gregory R. Miller who spoke on the process of collecting contemporary art and his own extensive art collection. The Dei Center is the result of a collaboration between Seth and Carleene Dei and New York University. Seth Dei has one of the largest collections of West African art. His collection has been private but with the joining of forces with N.Y.U. and N.Y.U. Africa House, the public along with scholars will now be able to utilize the collection both on a level of pleasure and academics. The event proved to be a success with several of Ghana’s elite arriving throughout the evening. Many books were sold and orders were placed. As a first event open to the public, all went smoothly and I believe that as more and more events are had, the appreciation for contemporary African art will grow exponentially.

Group Photo: featuring Wendy Tewiah of the Powerhouse Group, Lyle, Gregory Miller, Odile Agyare art dealer from the Nubuke Foundation, and myself

Gregory Miller and Nat Montefiore former mayor of Accra and art collector

A musician hired for the event. He was incredible, both audibly and visibly!

People in attendance at the Dei Center

Mawuli (Lyle’s assistant while in Ghana) and a friend

More soon!