African-American Fine Art
At Auction April 6, 2017
David Hammons, Untitled (Body Print Collage), pigment, ink and paper collage, 1976. Estimate $200,000 to $300,000.
A strong selection of works in this sale from the 1960s and ‘70s, features both long-time favorites as well as newcomers to the market. The highlights are three early works by David Hammons, most notably a large 1976 double body print of a nude couple with paper collage—a fantastic example from this influential period. Hammons, alongside John Outterbridge, Noah Purifoy and Timothy Washington, was one of the assemblage artists working in Los Angeles in the late 1960s. Each of these artists is represented in the sale by works from this period.
Right: David Hammons, Untitled (Body Print), color pigments and graphite, circa 1975-77. Estimate $60,000 to $90,000.
Walter Williams, Untitled, oil on masonite, circa 1965. Estimate $35,000 to $50,000.
Further scarce and significant works include an unusually large oil painting by Walter Williams—as well as a rediscovered colorful 1968 diptych by Alvin D. Loving, Jr. Also available are scarce paintings by Sam Gilliam and Haywood Rivers; several excellent abstract works on paper by Norman Lewis and Sam Middleton; and a selection of watercolors by Alma Thomas from a private collection.
Left: Timothy Washington, Raw Truth, engraving on aluminum with assemblage and hand coloring, 1970.
Estimate $15,000 to $25,000.
Left: Alma Thomas, Untitled (Blue Composition), watercolor and ink, 1967. Estimate $6,000 to $9,000.
Right: Thomas, Untitled (Yellow and Brown Composition), watercolor and ink, 1967. Estimate $6,000 to $9,000.
Alma Thomas, Untitled (Orange and Burgundy Composition), watercolor and ink, 1967. Estimate $6,000 to $9,000.
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