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    A Look Inside The Catalogue 

     

    Carrie Mae Weems

    Lot 116: Carrie Mae Weems, Blue Black Boy (Colored People series), toned gelatin silver prints with Prestype and frame, 1987-88.

    Sold for $50,000.

     

     

     

    The African-American Fine Art department continues to offer scarce modern and contemporary artworks by influential artists. In this auction, contemporary and modern highlights included Carrie Mae Weems's Blue Black Boy, from her Colored People series, as well as excellent examples of abstraction by Norman Lewis

     

     

                Norman Lewis     Norman Lewis

    Left, Lot 31: Norman Lewis, Adventure, oil on paper, 1958. Sold for $47,500. 

    Right, Lot 18: Norman Lewis, Untitled, oil on masonite board, 1947. Sold for $149,000. 

     

      

    The above-right composition is from a 1947 series of small abstract paintings on board by Norman Lewis, representative of his early experimentation within the abstract idiom; Adventure, 1958, oil on paper, above left, is a processional composition from the height of his abstract expressionist period.

     

    Norman Lewis

    Lot 32: Norman Lewis, Untitled (Processional Figure Composition), oil pen and ink on paper, 1956. Sold for $87,500.

     

     

    One of Palmer Hayden's best known paintings, The Blue Nile, will also be featured. One of the artist's most evocative paintings from the latter part of his career, the painting was described by Romare Bearden and Harry Henderson in A History of African-American Artists as "a dream about black life on the Nile in the time of the pharaohs. Like much of his work, it expresses his slyly ironic sense of humor."

     

     

    Palmer Hayden

    Lot 46: Palmer Hayden, The Blue Nile, watercolor and gouache, 1964. Sold for $42,500.

     

    Faith Ringgold

    Lot 94: Faith Ringgold, Double Dutch on the Golden Gate Bridge, acrylic on canvas with painted, dyed and pieced fabric, 1988.

    Sold for $209,000.

     

     

    Faith Ringgold's Double Dutch on the Golden Gate Bridge is the second quilt from her important 1988 Woman on a Bridge series. Each of the five quilts in the series depicts women floating above the famous bridges of San Francisco and New York – the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay Bridge, the George Washington Bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge. The first quilt in the series, Tar Beach, is her most famous story quilt, held in the collection of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Double Dutch on the Golden Gate Bridge is a bright and joyful piece, showing young girls playing the popular jump rope game as they float above the city of San Francisco. This piece is a fantastic follow up to Ringgold's story quilt Maya's Quilt of Lifefeatured in the September 2015 auction of The Art Collection of Maya AngelouMaya's Quilt of Life sold for $461,000, a record for the artist's work at auction. 

     

     

     

    Ernie Barnes

     

     

    Ernie Barnes's The Rose, seen at right, is a charming example of the artist's elongated figures. Barnes framed his early paintings with the distressed wood from a weathered picket fence in honor of his late father. In his autobiography, Barnes wrote, "I placed a painting against the fence and stood away and had a look. I was startled at the marriage between the old wood fence and the painting. It was perfect. In tribute... Daddy's fence would hug all my paintings in a prestigious New York gallery."

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Right, Lot 75: Ernie Barnes, The Rose, acrylic on cotton canvas, with artist's built frame, circa 1978. Sold for $27,500. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

             Alan Freelon      Hughie Lee-Smith

    Left, Lot 1: Alan Freelon, Baiting Trawls, oil on linen canvas, circa 1930. Sold for $37,500. 

    Right, Lot 8: Hughie Lee-Smith, Portrait of a Boy, oil on linen canvas, 1938. Sold for $42,500.

     

     

     

     

     

     


     

     

    For more information about any of the items in this auction, contact Specialist Nigel Freeman