Nigel Freeman on Al Loving’s Three Solid Questions

Nigel Freeman, the Director of the African American Fine Art department at Swann, talks about a monumental piece by Al Loving in our upcoming October 6 auction.

 

 

 

Three Solid Questions is the first work by Al Loving to be offered at auction that was part of his important solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1969. The exhibition included only six works: four large assemblages of shaped canvases, and two cube-shaped canvases. Three Solid Questions was purchased off the exhibition wall by the current owner.

 

The enormous triptych is an example of the hard-edge abstraction popular in the late 1960s and early 70s.

 

Lot 79: Alvin D. Loving, Jr., Three Solid Questions, acrylic triptych, 1969. Estimate $120,000 to $180,000.

Lot 79: Alvin D. Loving, Jr., Three Solid Questions, acrylic triptych, 1969. Estimate $120,000 to $180,000.

 

Loving was the first in a group of African-American artists whose work was shown at the Whitney during the 1970s, including Frank Bowling, Frederick Eversley, Melvin Edwards and Alma Thomas.

 

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