Yesterday’s auction of African-American Fine Art saw heated bidding from dealers, collectors and institutions, resulting in strong prices for works by modern and contemporary artists.
Charles White’s powerful drawing of a worker was the sale’s top lot.
The sale’s top lot was Charles White’s large-scale drawing Work, crayon and charcoal on board, 1953, which brought $306,000. It was the second highest price paid at auction for a work by White–the highest was his General Moses (Harriet Tubman), Chinese ink on two joined sheets of illustration board, 1965, which sold at Swann in October 2007 for $360,000.
Barkley Hendricks’s Twins are typical of his cool, stylish portrait subjects
Also selling just below the previous artist record was Barkley L. Hendricks’s Twins, oil and acrylic on canvas diptych, 1977, which sold for $108,000. The artist’s Bid ‘Em In/Slave (Angie), oil and acrylic on canvas, 1973 , sold for $144,000 in Swann’s October 2009 auction.
Duncanson was the first African-American landscape painter to gain international renown.