African American Art: October 6, 2022 Auction Highlights

Lot 65: Norman Lewis, Untitled (Abstraction in Orange), oil on canvas, 1967. Estimate $400,000 to $600,000.

Our October 6th African American Art auction features an outstanding group of abstract paintings led by the excellent 1967 Untitled (Abstraction in Orange) by Norman Lewis—the large canvas comes from a vibrant series depicting abstracted jazz musicians. The sale also features significant abstraction from the late 1960s to the 1990s by Charles Alston, Romare Bearden, Sam Gilliam and Hale Woodruff.

Lot 66: Hale Woodruff, Landscape, oil on canvas, 1967. Estimate $150,000 to $250,000.

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Modernist highlights include a wonderful drawing by Jacob Lawrence, a scarce stone carving by Marion Perkins, and a significant welded steel sculpture by Harold Cousins, all from the 1950s.

Lot 31: Jacob Lawrence, Westchester Graduation Ball, brush and ink on paper, 1951. Estimate $50,000 to $75,000.

Among Figurative paintings is an important 1970 oil by Cliff Joseph, Rise People Rise, and several paintings by Hughie Lee-Smith. Contemporary work includes a quilt by Bisa Butler, assemblage by Noah Purifoy, and Winfred Rembert’s tooled leather paintings.

Lot 74: Cliff Joseph, Rise People Rise, oil on canvas, 1970. Estimate $35,000 to $50,000.
Lot 179: Winfred Rembert, Jeff’s Cafe & Pool Room and Zeb’s Shoe Shine, dye on carved and tooled leather, 1998. Estimate $25,000 to $35,000. 
Lot 178: Hughie Lee-Smith, The End (The Pink Door), oil on canvas, 1998. Estimate $40,000 to $60,000.

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