From Abstract Expressionists to Color Field Painters—African-American Fine Art: Fall 2019

 

At Auction October 8

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Sam Gilliam, Untitled, acrylic, 1974. $25,000 to $35,000.
Lot 98: Sam Gilliam, Untitled, acrylic, 1974. $25,000 to $35,000.
 

A choice selection of abstract paintings feature in our October 2019 sale of African-American Fine Art, including first-generation abstract expressionist Norman Lewis, alongside artists Sam Gilliam and Kenneth Victor Young of the Washington Color School. Also of note are nature-inspired works by Freddie Styles and Hale Woodruff, as well as a contemporary painting by Ed Clark.

 
   

Ed Clark

 

Ed Clark’s circa-2000 acrylic on canvas, in swaths of black, white and red, comes to auction from a private collection in Chicago and is among the contemporary abstract works featured. An important 1959 painting by Clark was recently acquired by the Whitney Museum of American Art and can been seen in their current exhibition The Whitney’s Collection: Selections from 1900 to 1965.

 
Lot 177: Ed Clark, Untitled, acrylic on canvas, circa 2000. $25,000 to $35,000.
Lot 177: Ed Clark, Untitled, acrylic on canvas, circa 2000. $25,000 to $35,000.
   
 

Sam Gilliam

 
Sam Gilliam, Richer Scene, acrylic and polypropylene on canvas, 1998. $35,000 to $50,000.
Lot 175: Sam Gilliam, Richer Scene, acrylic and polypropylene on canvas, 1998. $35,000 to $50,000.
 
 

Norman Lewis

 
Norman Lewis, Untitled, oil and ink on paper, 1960.
Lot 36: Norman Lewis, Untitled, oil and ink on paper, 1960. $60,000 to $90,000.
 
Lot 34: Norman Lewis, Untitled (Abstract Composition), oil and ink on paper, 1951. $10,000 to $15,000.
Lot 34: Norman Lewis, Untitled (Abstract Composition), oil and ink on paper, 1951. $10,000 to $15,000.
 
   

Freddie Styles

 

Freddie Styles often references nature in his paintings and collages, as seen in his 1990 oil painting Azalea Roots (Working Roots Series #3), pictured below. Heavily influenced by gardening—another passion of the artist—his forms, reminiscent of organic vegetation, are achieved by innovative techniques that imitate nature’s forms, textures, patterns and colors.  

 
Freddie Styles, Azalea Roots (Working Roots Series #3), oil on canvas, 1990. $20,000 to $30,000.
Lot 144: Freddie Styles, Azalea Roots (Working Roots Series #3), oil on canvas, 1990. $20,000 to $30,000.
   
 

Kenneth Victor Young

 

A monumental 1972 acrylic on canvas in fiery colors of magenta, purple, orange and yellow is a wonderful example of the abstract painting of Kenneth Victor Young. Young is a Washington, DC color-field painter who was associated with the rise of the Washington Color School in the early 1970s. His paintings have also been included in exhibitions at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Corcoran Gallery and the Washington Project for the Arts, and are in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Johnson Publishing Company, Chicago.

 
Lot 95: Kenneth Victor Young, Untitled (Abstract Composition), acrylic, 1972. $80,000 to $120,000.
Lot 95: Kenneth Victor Young, Untitled (Abstract Composition), acrylic, 1972. $80,000 to $120,000.
   
 

Hale Woodruff

 

Two oil paintings by Hale Woodruff include: Landscape No. 2, circa 1966, an early example from his landscape series that has not been seen publicly in 50 years,­ as well as a circa-1965 abstract composition. Woodruff’s abstract paintings often incorporate organic forms from nature with an earthy palette in the late 1960s, describing landscape and natural phenomena within the idiom of Abstract Expressionism.  

 
Lot 57: Hale Woodruff, Untitled (Abstract Composition), oil on canvas, circa 1965. $40,000 to $60,000.
Lot 57: Hale Woodruff, Untitled (Abstract Composition), oil on canvas, circa 1965. $40,000 to $60,000.
   
Lot 58: Hale Woodruff, Landscape No. 2, oil on canvas, circa 1966. $75,000 to $100,000.
Lot 58: Hale Woodruff, Landscape No. 2, oil on canvas, circa 1966. $75,000 to $100,000.
 

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