A Look Inside the Catalogue: African-American Fine Art
Two highlights of this sale on April 5 are significant, vibrant paintings by modernist New York artists. Beauford Delaney’s large Untitled (Village Street Scene), 1948, depicts a Greenwich Village corner in bold impasto; Norman Lewis’s Untitled, 1956, is a mid-career abstraction of a city crowd surrounded by thin veils of pulsating color. An important find is a recently rediscovered tempera painting by Jacob Lawrence of a scene from the War of 1812 from his 1954-56 series, Struggle . . . From the History of the American People.
The auction also features a strong selection of abstract canvases by sought-after contemporary artists, with works by Ed Clark, Sam Gilliam, James Little and Jack Whitten, as well as a scarce photograph from Carrie Mae Weems’s iconic 1989-90 Colored People series, High Yella Girl, from an edition of only three.
Lot 45: Norman Lewis, Untitled, oil on canvas, 1956. Estimate $150,000 to $250,000.