Yesterday's auction of African-American Fine Art saw heated bidding from dealers, collectors and institutions, resulting in strong prices for works by modern and contemporary artists.
|Charles White's powerful drawing of a worker was the sale's top lot.|
The sale's top lot was Charles White's large-scale drawing Work, crayon and charcoal on board, 1953, which brought $306,000. It was the second highest price paid at auction for a work by White--the highest was his General Moses (Harriet Tubman), Chinese ink on two joined sheets of illustration board, 1965, which sold at Swann in October 2007 for $360,000.
|Barkley Hendricks's Twins are typical of his cool, stylish portrait subjects |
Also selling just below the previous artist record was Barkley L. Hendricks's Twins, oil and acrylic on canvas diptych, 1977, which sold for $108,000. The artist's Bid 'Em In/Slave (Angie), oil and acrylic on canvas, 1973 , sold for $144,000 in Swann's October 2009 auction.
|Duncanson was the first African-American landscape painter to gain international renown.|
Rounding out the top lots were Robert S. Duncanson's Untitled (Landscape), oil on canvas, late 1850s, which went to an institution for $120,000; and two untitled gouache paintings by Jacob Lawrence of Card Players, panels from a folding screen, circa 1941-42, $108,000.
|These panels by Jacob Lawrence were likely realized while he was on honeymoon |
in New Orleans in late 1941/early 1942.
Artist records that were set in the sale included Joseph Delaney's Low Key, oil on canvas, circa 1945, $33,600 and Loïs Mailou Jones, Marché de Kenscoff, Haiti, oil on canvas, 1962, $32,400.
|This painting set a new artist record for Joseph Delaney.|
|One of the fine paintings by Loïs Mailou Jones from her estate that was offered in the auction.|
Labels: African-American Fine Art, Barkley L. Hendricks, Charles White, Jacob Lawrence, Lois Mailou Jones, Nigel Freeman, Robert Scott Duncanson