Across the U.S. this fall, a bevy of museum shows related to the impressive works in Thursday’s African-American Fine Art auction have opened.
Hale Woodruff, Rape of Europa, oil on canvas, circa 1958. Estimate: $90,000 to $120,000.
Norman Lewis, Promenade, oil on canvas, 1961. Estimate: $120,000 to $180,000.
Just uptown from Swann, at the Studio Museum in Harlem, Spiral:Perspectives on an African-American Art Collective, winds down later this month. The show includes masterworks by Norman Lewis and Hale Woodruff; the show’s Bonfire shares the same calligraphic “ritual” figures as those in Lewis’s Promenade, which is being exhibited for the first time at Swann since its purchase in 1961. The auction catalogue’s cover lot, Woodruff’s Rape of Europa, is one of only four known paintings from the Mythic series—one of the others, Africa and the Bull, is on view in the Spiral show. Charles Alston and Romare Bearden were also active members of the collective and their work is included in the show.
Barkley L. Hendricks, Twins, oil and acrylic on canvas diptych, 1977. Estimate: $100,000 to $150,000.