Love & Responsibility

Submitted byJeeraik009 onSat, 12/01/2012 - 06:55

A new book Love & Responsibility celebrates the art of the Bahamas in the private collection of Dawn Davies. The book is a weighty 550 page tome that documents over 1,700 works in Davies' huge collection with scholarly essays by its editor Dr. Erica James. Love & Responsibility is a product of the region that will be appreciated not just in the Bahamas but throughout the Caribbean. Here, we have an audience with an appetite for art that does not rely on North American or European taste for its satisfaction. Dr. James' expert essays tell us a great deal about how this has been possible and why this sense of self-awareness in our art matters. But, her art historical findings  would not have been possible without the reference point of Dawn Davies' fine collection that spans the past century with remarkable historical and contemporary pieces. This book, in its size, scope and subject matter is a first for the region. It sets a precedent for all our collectors and institutions to respect and follow. We thank Dawn Davies for having the foresight, perseverance and a sense of responsibility to make this landmark publication happen.