African American Art

Founded by Nigel Freeman in 2006, the African American Art department handles a range of material spanning the late nineteenth century to the Harlem Renaissance, as well as modern and contemporary art. Sales consistently break auction records for well-known artists and establish records for artists with no previous auction history.

Swann holds the 2019 auction record for Elizabeth Catlett, and the 2018 auction record for Beauford Delaney. We also lead the market in works by Richmond Barthé, John Biggers, Aaron Douglas, Sam Gilliam, Barkley Hendricks, Norman Lewis, Hughie Lee-Smith, Faith Ringgold, Carrie Mae Weems, Charles White and Hale Woodruff.

The department has also held the single-owner auctions of the estate of Dr. Maya Angelou and the collections of the Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company and the Johnson Publishing Company, Swann's first white glove auction.

Swann remains the only major auction house with a team dedicated to African-American Fine Art. After more than a decade, our sales are followed closely by top collectors and curators across a broad spectrum.

Specialists

Nigel Freeman

Director
(212) 254-4710 ext. 33

Corey Serrant

Administrator
(212) 254-4710 ext. 29

Department ScheduleSee Past Auctions

Apr 197:00PM ET

A Conversation with PAFA Curator Brittany Webb

Join Swann Vice President and Director of African American Art, Nigel Freeman, for a conversation with Brittany Webb, PAFA's Evelyn and Will Kaplan Curator of Twentieth-Century Art and the John Rhoden Collection. Nigel and Brittany will discuss her new role at PAFA, her plans for a John Rhoden retrospective and African American sculpture in general. 

Apr 2212:00PM ET

African American Art

Sale 2565

Summer 2021

LGBTQ+ Art, Material Culture & History

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