Defying Folk Art: Edmondson's and Evans's Fine Art



Swann's October 7th African-American Fine Art auction features two exceptional works of folk art, a type of art not typically included in these sales. North Carolina artists William Edmondson and Minnie Evans are important artists who defied this categorization. Their direct and unselfconscious approaches have appealed to many collectors of modern art, as their work shared many modern art's formal qualities.


(Above) William Edmondson, Squirrel, stone, circa 1940. Estimate: $40,000 to $60,000.
Minnie Evans, Greenfield Lake, oil on canvas board, 1957. Estimate: $3,000 to $5,000.
Additionally, both artists were critically lauded in museum exhibitions of fine art during their lifetimes. Edmondson is famously the first African-American artist to have a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in 1937, and Evans received a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1975.

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