African American art at Swann, Feb. 19

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. Swann 1 AT 2-13.jpgMany 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.
Estimate: $70,000-$100,000.

Swann’s February 2007 sale of African-American Fine Art included the first sculpture by Elizabeth Catlett ever to come to auction. Swann 4 AT 2-13.jpgThis 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,Swann 3 AT 2-13.jpgoil 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.
Estimate: $30,000-$50,000.

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