New Exhibition: Robert S. Duncanson

One standout exhibition to see this fall is the first-ever New York City survey of work by Robert S. Duncanson. The exhibition, called Robert S. Duncanson: Antebellum African American Artist, is curated by leading Duncanson scholar Joseph D. Ketner II. It opens Wednesday, September 5 at the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University.

Robert S. Duncanson, Mountain Pool, 1870, is part of the exhibition at Columbia.

The show follows Duncanson’s East Coast debut, a 2011 exhibition in the Catskills, also curated by Mr. Ketner. This Columbia exhibit is comprised of more than 20 works by the artist from the 1840s, when he was in his early 20s, through the end of his life in the early 1870s.

Robert S. Duncanson, Young America, oil on canvas, 1846.
Estimate $50,000 to $75,000. At auction October 18, 2012.

Swann regularly offers works by this important American landscape painter. On October 18, 2012 the African-American Fine Art department will offer an unusual early portrait by Duncanson, a recently discovered painting of a young patriotic figure from the first decade of the artist’s career.