NEW YORK CITY – On Tuesday, Feb. 19, Swann Galleries will conduct the third auction organized by its new African-American Fine Art department.
The sale offers 250 paintings, drawings, collages, prints and sculpture from notable collections and estates, and illustrates the full panorama of achievement by African-American artists – from Henry Ossawa Tanner to Faith Ringgold. Many of the works are recognizable because they have been included in important museum exhibitions and illustrated in catalogues and monographs.
Hale Woodruff, 1900-1980, Woman by the Sea. Oil on canvas, mounted to masonite, 1930.
Swann’s February 2007 sale of African-American Fine Art included the first sculpture by Elizabeth Catlett ever to come to auction. This auction features three more stellar examples. The painted terracotta Head, Sister, a green marble bust of a woman, 1971 and Joan, a life-size nude torso from 1960.
Charles White, 1918-1979, Lo, I am Black. Charcoal and crayon drawing on cream illustration board, 1978. Estimate: $200,000-$300,000.
Other highlights among the paintings include William Henry Johnson’s Flowers in a Blue and White Vase, a great modern still life, oil on canvas, circa 1933-35, which epitomizes Johnson’s embrace of the European modern aesthetic ($60,000-$90,000); Beauford Delaney’s iconic oil on canvas of early 1960s Paris, Untitled, and his Portrait of a Youth,oil on canvas, a gift to James Baldwin, painted in Istanbul in the summer of 1966 (each $50,000 to $75,000).
Ernest Crichlow, 1914-2005, Untitled (Girl and Boy Outside Church Doors), Acrylic on canvas, 1989.
The auction will take place on Tuesday, February 19 at 1:30 p.m.
For more information, call 212-254-4710, or go online to www.swanngalleries.com.