Select highlights from Swann's African-American Fine Art Sale 2409 are featured in this post, focusing on a selection of the top selling lots in the auction. All price quotes for art sold include buyer's premium.
Lot 94 Faith Ringgold (1930 - )
Double Dutch on the Golden Gate Bridge
Double Dutch on the Golden Gate Bridge is a joyous and fantastic image of young girls playing together in this popular jumping rope game. They float elevated above the iconic bridge with the facades of brownstones of the city of San Francisco. This lot had a pre-sale estimate of $150,000 - 250,000; it surpassed its low estimate, and was acquired by a collector for $209,000.
Lot 18 Norman Lewis (1909 - 1979)
|Oil on masonite board, 1947; 17¾"x 14¾". Signed and dated in oil, lower right. Image: Swann Galleries|
Lot 38 Hughie Lee-Smith (1915 - 1999)
Untitled (Young Man in a Slum).
|Oil on linen canvas, circa 1960; 26"x 36". Signed in oil, lower right. Image: Swann Galleries|
This striking and large canvas is a wonderful example of Hughie Lee-Smith's mid-career painting. It appears very closely related to his Slum Lad, circa 1960, in the collection of the Flint Institute of Arts. This painting depicts the same young man a in long-sleeved white shirt, and the same background of crumbling urban decay. Here the figure has turned and is walking away from the viewer - while in Slum Lad he is facing the viewer. Young Man in a Slum, lot 38, sold to a collector for $106,250; it exceeded its pre-sale estimate of $40,000 - 60,000.
Lot 84 Sam Gilliam (1933 - )
|Acrylic and canvas collage on cotton canvas, 1983; 44" x 60" with beveled edges. Signed, titled and dated in acrylic, center verso. Image: Swann Galleries|
Lot 32 Norman Lewis (1909 - 1979)
Untitled (Processional Figure Composition).
|Oil, pen and ink on cream wove paper, 1956; 26" x 40" inches. Signed and dated "June, 1956" in ink, lower left. Image: Swann Galleries|
Lot 87 Frank Bowling (1936 - )
Irv Sandler's Visit.
|Acrylic on cotton canvas, 1977; 46½" x 28". The artist's name spray-painted with stencil, lower left verso. Titled, inscribed and dated "27 Aug. 1977" in purple ink, upper right and lower left verso. Image: Swann Galleries|
Lot 17 Norman Lewis (1909 - 1979)
Untitled (Figurative Abstraction).
|Oil on linen canvas, 1945; 28"x 17". Signed and dated in oil, lower left. Image: Swann Galleries|
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