The top lot from the February 23rd African-American Fine Art auction at Swann, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, by Malvin Gray Johnson, has brought new attention to this Harlem Renaissance artist. News & Record, a Greenboro, North Carolina paper, writes about their hometown artist, who left for New York in 1912 as an aspiring artist. The article, which can be read in full here, includes Nigel Freeman, the director of Swann's African-American Fine Art department, describing, "For a collection to have a Malvin Gray Johnson is an exceptional thing." The painting sold for $228,000.
Labels: African-American Fine Art, Malvin Gray Johnson, Nigel Freeman