Among the highlights of Swann's 15th annual auction of Printed & Manuscript African Americana is an incredible archive comprising James Amos Porter's African-American Art History Reference materials. The lot contains thousands of items such as photographs, letters, exhibit catalogues, art books, flyers, and bibliographical data. The material is housed in more than 15 large cartons.
Porter was an artist, author and Head of the Art Department at Howard University for more than 40 years. One of America's pioneer art historians, he authored the groundbreaking text, Modern Negro Art. The archive includes correspondence from virtually every major African-American artist from the 1920s forward, including Romare Bearden, Lois Mailou Jones, Meta Warwick Fuller, Elizabeth Catlett, Hughie Lee-Smith and scores of others.
This lot is available for viewing by appointment. Please call Wyatt Houston Day at 212-254-4710, ext. 212 to make an appointment.
James Amos Porter, Self-portrait, oil on canvas, circa 1935. Collection of Constance Porter Uzelac (shown).
Labels: African-American Fine Art, Art History, Elizabeth Catlett, Hughie Lee-Smith, James Amos Porter, Lois Mailou Jones, Meta Warwick Fuller, Modern Art, Nigel Freeman, Romare Bearden