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    Phone: (212) 254-4710 ext. 33
    African-American Fine Art

    Nigel Freeman is the director of the African-American Fine Art department at Swann Auction Galleries. He founded the department in the fall of 2006, and since then has set numerous auction records for important African-American artists, including John Biggers, Elizabeth Catlett, Aaron Douglas, Sam Gilliam, Barkley Hendricks, Hughie Lee-Smith, Norman Lewis, Charles White and Hale Woodruff. Many of these were the result of significant institutional purchases. Swann Galleries is the only major auction house with a department dedicated to African-American Fine Art.

    Outside of Swann, Nigel is a member of the advisory board of the Hampton University Museum, in Hampton, Virginia, and is a print appraiser on the PBS television show Antiques Roadshow. He has lectured on the subject of African-American art at the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem and the South Side Community Art Center in Chicago. He has also been interviewed by such magazines as The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Art+Auction, Art and Antiques, The Art Newspaper and on the BBC and National Public Radio.

    Nigel entered the auction world in 1997 with a background in fine art as a painter and printmaker after earning a Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia University in 1991, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Art from Brown University in 1989. Previously, Nigel was the associate director of Swann’s Prints & Drawings department.

    Nigel on our blog:
    Specialists in the Field: Nigel Freeman at the Tate
    Barkley L. Hendricks in Conversation with Nigel Freeman at Swann

    Updated July 12, 2018

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