Don and Mera Rubell donated to Morehouse original artwork valued at more than $1 million.
Purvis Young, a self-taught Miami artist known as "the Picasso of the Ghetto," creates expressionist art from found objects. His artwork is housed in museums around the world, yet the threat of eviction meant the struggling artist and his valuable work might be tossed out on the street.
"His paintings told the story of his life; he told the story of his neighborhood," said Mera Rubell, co-owner with her husband Don of the Rubell Family Collection, one of the world's leading collections of contemporary art. "The story he was telling couldn't be thrown away."
After the Rubells rescued Young and his artwork, they decided to donate 109 pieces of his original paintings to Morehouse College. They chose Morehouse because they wanted young African-American men to be inspired by Young's work. Their gift, valued at more than $1 million, is the largest single collection of art ever donated to the College.
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