Friday, February 5, 2010

Selected African American Gallery Exhibitions and Auctions in New York City

The National Black Fine Art Show (NBFAS) will take a hiatus this year (2010). Due to instability in the market, the producers (Keeling Wainwright Associates, Inc.) have cancelled the 2010 show with plans to resume in 2011. This 13-year old show has been unique in the world of traditional art fairs in their commitment to exclusively present original art produced by artists of African and African American descent. Let us keep the momentum alive in 2010 by supporting the various museums and galleries around New York city that are featuring African American art exhibitions, as well as out of town galleries that will set up temporary locations for a few days during Black History Month.

Avisca Fine Art Gallery will be in New York City to continue its 11-year tradition of exhibiting in the New York in the month of February despite the cancellation of the annual National Black Fine Art Show this year. Over three days in February (Friday, February 19 - Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010) AVISCA will present Drawn Together, a group show of paintings, sculpture and works on paper, featuring Francks Deceus, Milton Bowens, Ann Tanksley, April Harrison, Charly Palmer, Zoya Taylor, Cedric Smith, Tamara Madden, Teri Richardson, Alexandria Smith, Tonya Engel,  Jean Chiang, and more. The venue for this 3-day exhibition is Rogue Space, 526 West 26th Street, Suite 9E, New York in the prestigious Chelsea Fine Art Building. The opening reception is Friday, February 19, 5-8 PM

Admission to the reception and the exhibition is free and open to the public.
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Tilford Art Group will have its first exhibition, Stand Up II: Individualism in a Collective State, and sale of 2010 in mid-town Manhattan on Saturday, February 12 through Sunday, February 14, 2010. The location: 456 West 37th Street, New York 10018 (Between 9th and 10th Avenue).

Swann Galleries

 Malvin Gray Johnson, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

Swann Galleries’ auction of African-American Fine Art, Sale 2203 will be held on Tuesday, February 23, 2010, and will offer 162 lots of works ranging from rare early 20th Century paintings and sculptures through contemporary works. A catalogue is available for $35.00. View the online catalogue at the following link:

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (Lot 11) by Malvin Gray Johnson, oil on canvas, 1928-29 is an early masterpiece of American painting, and one of the most celebrated African-American paintings of the first half of the 20th century. It is the artist's best known painting, and also the first painting by Johnson to come to auction (estimate: $200,000 to $250,000).

Printed and Manuscript African Americana auction, Sale 2204 will be held on Thursday, February 25, 2010 at Swann Galleries. This 15th annual auction of African Americana will offer a wide variety of materials focusing on African American history and culture, as well as business, sports, religion, and the arts.  Of particular interest to those with a passion for art documentation, see Lot 141: James Amos Porter's African-American Art History Reference archive (1920s - 1970s), consisting of "thousands of items, including hundreds of photographs, copious correspondence, exhibit catalogues, art books, flyers, bio- and bibliographical data filling over 15 large cartons." Its estimate: $30,000-40,000.  There is a print catalogue available for $35.00.
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