Friday, October 3, 2008
Swann Galleries 4th African-American Auction, October 7, 2008
New York City - On Tuesday, October 7, 2008 Swann Galleries will hold its fourth African-American Fine Art Sale, spotlighting more than 100 scarce and important paintings, sculptures and works on paper by some of the most distinguished African-American artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. Featured lots include rare examples of early African-American abstract art by Charles Alston, Norman Lewis, Hale Woodruff and Ellis Wilson, among others.
Sale highlights include paintings from the collection of New York Judge Edward R. Dudley, the first African-American to be appointed as a U.S. Ambassador. Dudley and his wife collected influential African-American works, including:
* Norman Lewis’ Untitled, a large oil on canvas abstraction in vibrant pinks and blues from the 1960s (estimate: $150,000 to $200,000)
* Hale Woodruff’s Land of Many Moons (1957), an oil on canvas modernist painting exhibited in Woodruff’s retrospective at The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York in 1979 (estimate: $100,000 to $150,000)
Additional sought-after auction items include:
* Charles White’s Frederick Douglass Lives Again (The Ghost of Frederick Douglass) (1949), a beautiful pen and ink drawing exhibited at ACA Gallery, New York in 1950 (estimate: $100,000 to $150,000).
* Hughie Lee-Smith’s The Juggler, #1 (circa 1964), an early oil on canvas from Lee-Smith’s metaphysical phase that was exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (estimate: $60,000 to $90,000).
* Ellis Wilson’s early wartime painting, Machine Shop (circa 1941-44), which was a favorite of Presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama while on loan to his Senate office. Ellis Wilson’s work can be found in museums across the country including the National Gallery of Art (estimate: $40,000 to $60,000)
Ellis Wilson Machine Shop - ca 1941-44 (Estimate: $40,000 to $60,000)Swann’s African-American Fine Art Sale also includes rare works from the Harlem Renaissance including woodcuts by Aaron Douglas, photographs by James Van Der Zee, early works on paper by Dox Thrash, and many modern and contemporary New York artists from the Lawrence P. Dorsey Art Collection. Dorsey was a mentor to several generations of African-American artists, and his gallery served as a haven for their work.
For more information on Swann Galleries and their fourth auction of African-American Fine Art, please contact:
Emma Post, 212.871.3020 ext. 112,
Jodi Bannerman, 212.871.3020 ext. 107,