Press Releases tagged with african-american art

Lot 55: Jacob Lawrence, 19.  Tension on the High Seas, tempera on board, 1956.  Estimate $75,000 to $100,000.

Rediscovered Jacob Lawrence Painting Comes to Swann Galleries

Released: March 15, 2018

Swann Galleries’ highly anticipated auction of African-American Fine Art on April 5 will offer superlative works by marquee artists, with fine mid-century paintings, contemporary art and important discoveries. Tension on the High Seas, the nineteenth panel from Jacob Lawrence’s 1954-56 series Struggle . . . From the History of the American People, depicts a British naval officer inspecting three bound and wounded captives seized from the American ship, the Chesapeake, in 1807, an incident which led directly to the War of 1812. The Struggle… series was envisioned as 60 illustrations for a...

4: Henry Ossawa Tanner, Flight into Egypt, oil on canvas, circa 1910.  Sold October 5, 2017 for $341,000.

$2.8M African-American Fine Art Sale Sees Four Works Exceed $100K

Released: October 18, 2017

Four works exceeded $100,000 at Swann Auction Galleries’ sale of African-American Fine Art on Thursday, October 5. A wealth of unique paintings, drawings and monotypes distinguished the sale of approximately 150 lots, nearly all of which were executed in the last century. An important nocturne by Henry Ossawa Tanner titled Flight into Egypt, circa 1910, was the highlight of the sale. The subject was a favorite motif of the artist’s, who took several trips to the Holy Land and was deeply inspired by the experience. The large oil painting was purchased by an institution for $341,000. Wor...

Artist longside his Masterpiece "Dancing for the Lord" in the Collection of Oprah Winfrey.

Internationally renowned artist, Bernard Stanley Hoyes to exhibit at Museum of African American Art (MAAA), July 2 through September 24

Released: June 10, 2017

Los Angeles, CA...The Bernard Stanley Hoyes, MAAA exhibit: “Evolving Art Practice, Rags to the Revival Series,” will open Sunday, July 2 and run through Sunday, September 24. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Bernard Stanley Hoyes demonstrated artistic abilities early. When he was trotted off to live with a great aunt in rural Jamaica, his exposure to the revival cults, ceremonies and rituals planted seeds deep within, that would manifest in his art years later.  Hoyes's formal art studies began at Junior Art Centre at the Institute of Jamaica. At age 15 he left Jamaica for New York City. His l...

Star Quilt Indiana Bendolph Pettway (1913–1996) Gee’s Bend, Alabama, ca.  1970 Cotton, polyester Museum Purchase, Dr.  and Mrs.  T.  Marshall Hahn Jr.  Fund, 2008.609.8

A Century of African-American Quilts to be Celebrated in a New Exhibition at The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg in Honor of Black History Month, February 2016

Released: December 14, 2015

The lively tradition of quilting in America following the abolition of slavery (from the 1870s to approximately 1990) will be revealed in a new exhibition, A Century of African-American Quilts, which will open on January 30, 2016, and remain on view through January 2, 2018, at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, one of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. Freedom from convention sets these examples apart from ordinary, more common place, appliqué and piecing techniques. The exhibition features twelve quilts, six never before exhibited. This show is part of a larger program o...

Lot 54 - Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000) Seamstresses, 1954, Tempera on board.

African American Art Featured at Gray’s Auctioneers

Released: May 13, 2013

Gray’s Auctioneers’ May 15 Fine Art, Antiques and Decorative Arts Auction features a number of stellar artworks by African-American artists. One such stunning piece is Lot 54, The Seamstresses, painted in 1954 by famed African-American artist and master of the Harlem Renaissance, Jacob Lawrence. Lawrence gained national acclaim as a painter while still a young man in his twenties when a portion of his work from the Migrations Series, a suite of paintings depicting the early twentieth-century passage of African-Americans from the Deep South to the urban North, was featured in a 1941 issue o...

Kehinde Wiley, Equestrian Portrait of the Count Duke Olivares, 2005.  Oil on canvas, 108 x 108 in.  (274.3 x 274.3 cm) Rubell Family Collection, Miami .

30 Americans Surveys African-American Artists Over Three Decades

Released: March 01, 2012

The Chrysler Museum presents 30 Americans, an exhibition of contemporary African-American art of the past three decades. From Robert Colescott and Jean-Michel Basquiat to Kehinde Wiley and Iona Rozeal Brown, works by some of the most important African-American artists of our time will take over the Chrysler Museum this spring. The provocative—and at times controversial—exhibition goes on view March 16 to July 15, 2012. Admission is free.  Drawn from the Rubell Family Collection in Miami, 30 Americans brings together 75 works by 31 emerging and established artists who work withi...

E-Glove, 2007, Oil on canvas, 16 x 22 inches

Kinetic Splendor: The Negro Leagues and Beyond

Released: February 27, 2012

The Museum of Art and Origins is celebrating Black History Month and MLB Spring Training with the Art of Lou Grant Lou Grant's oil paintings and wood engravings of on-field action and idealized portraits of historic Negro Leagues baseball players are a remembrance of the spirit of another time. Grant is master of the tension between the ambient stillness in a ball park and the explosive kinetic effort that instantly follows. This is beautifully framed in the arrested motion of the athletes he portrays. This combined sense of stillness and motion will remind the art connoisseur of the a...

Italian Carved Harlequin - 19th Century

Clarke Auction - Sun. 2/27 Noon - Meissen, Irving Penn, Tiffany, Josef Albers

Released: February 23, 2011

360 lots including Meissen collection; Tiffany Favrile, sterling, and coin silver; photographs by Irving Penn, Horst Horst, Duane Michals, Ansel Adams, Harold Kahn; a 19th C. Italian carved harlequin; art by Josef Albers, Samuel Colman, John Rhoden, JF Herring; Midcentury Modern; Antiques including possible Horner Bookcase; an Edgar Brandt Chandelier, and a striking oil on door graffiti tribute to the late Michael Stewart.  On Sunday, February 27th at 12:00 Noon, Clarke Auction will sell 360+ lots drawn from estates in Bronxville, Greenwich, Larchmont, Ossining, Park Avenue, Ce...

# The Block, 1971 Romare Bearden (American, 1911–1988) Cut and pasted printed, colored and metallic papers, photostats, pencil, ink marker, gouache, watercolor, and pen and ink on Masonite Overall: 48 x 216 in.  (121.9 x 548.6 cm); six panels, each: 48 x 36 in.  (121.9 x 91.4 cm) Gift of Mr.  and Mrs.  Samuel Shore, 1978 (1978.61.1–6) © Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Romare Bearden's The Block and Related Drawings On View at Metropolitan Museum Beginning January 15

Released: January 15, 2010

Romare Bearden's vibrant mural-size tableau The Block (1971) and related sketches and photographs will be featured at The Metropolitan Museum of Art beginning January 15, 2010, in a small installation of works from the collection. The Block, an ambitious 18-foot-long collage, celebrates the Harlem neighborhood in New York City that nurtured and inspired so much of the artist's life and work. Romare Bearden (1911–1988) is best known for the colorful cut-paper collages that he began making in the 1960s. Elaborate works such as The Block (1971) elevated this genre to a major art form through ...

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