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Auction Record: Kerry James Marshall's Imaginative Portrait of Harriet Tubman Reaches $5 million at Christie's New York

Auction Record: Kerry James Marshall’s Imaginative Portrait of Harriet Tubman Reaches $5 million at Christie’s New York

  A TENDER AND REVOLUTIONARY PORTRAIT of Harriet Tubman by Kerry James Marshall sold for more than $5 million last night at Christie’s New York. Titled “Still Life with Wedding Portrait,” the painting depicts the abolitionist posing with her husband John Tubman. Interest in the 2015 painting far exceeded its $1 million to $1.5 million...
Auction Record: 2009 Painting by Titus Kaphar Sets New Benchmark at Phillips New York

Auction Record: 2009 Painting by Titus Kaphar Sets New Benchmark at Phillips New York

  A SCULPTURAL PAINTING by Titus Kaphar set an artist record today. “Tina Vesper,” a portrait of a Reconstruction-era woman who could pass for white, is partially shrouded with un-stretched canvas. The 2009 painting sold for $40,000 (including fees) at Phillips 20th Century and Contemporary Art Day Sale in New York, exceeding its estimate of...
Culture Talk: Arnold Lehman on Curating 'American African American,' a Selling Exhibition at Phillips London

Culture Talk: Arnold Lehman on Curating ‘American African American,’ a Selling Exhibition at Phillips London

  AMONG THE HALLMARKS of Arnold Lehman’s nearly two-decade tenure as director of the Brooklyn Museum was his focus on community engagement, popular culture, and the visibility of African American artists. After retiring in 2015, he transitioned from the museum world to the auction world, joining Phillips as a special adviser to the CEO, Edward...
Auction Record: With a 'Symbolic' Canvas, Henry Taylor Achieves a New Benchmark at Christie's London

Auction Record: With a ‘Symbolic’ Canvas, Henry Taylor Achieves a New Benchmark at Christie’s London

Lot 207: HENRY TAYLOR, “Untitled (Symbol),” 2007 (oil on canvas). | Estimate £30,000-£50,000 / $39,210-$65,350. Sold for £230,750 / $301,590 (including fees) RECORD   OVER THE PAST SEVERAL AUCTION SEASONS, paintings by Henry Taylor have been selling at steadily increasing prices, regularly setting incremental new records for the artist. Another benchmark was set on Oct....
Hurvin Anderson Paintings Attract Record-Breaking Interest at London Auctions

Hurvin Anderson Paintings Attract Record-Breaking Interest at London Auctions

Lot 18: HURVIN ANDERSON, “Country Club: Chicken Wire,” 2008 (oil on canvas). | Estimate $700,000-$1 million. Sold for $3,461,916 / £2,648,750 (including fees) RECORD   OVER THE PAST COUPLE OF DAYS, paintings by Hurvin Anderson were featured at Phillips, Sotheby’s, and Christie’s London auctions. The lots garnered record-breaking interest. On Oct. 6, Phillips sold “Peter’s...
Auction Record: At Phillips London, Barbershop Painting by Hurvin Anderson Soars to Nearly $2.4 Million

Auction Record: At Phillips London, Barbershop Painting by Hurvin Anderson Soars to Nearly $2.4 Million

Lot 6: HURVIN ANDERSON, “Peter’s Series: Back,” 2008 (oil on canvas). Estimate £600,000-£900,000. Sold for £1,809,000 / $2,387,880 (including fees) RECORD   A MAJOR PAINTING by Hurvin Anderson, a finalist for the 2017 Turner Prize, sold for nearly $2.4 million (including fees) at Phillips London last night. “Peter’s Series: Back” (2008) is an important work...
Auction Results: Painting is Alive and Well at Latest Swann African-American Fine Art Sale

Auction Results: Painting is Alive and Well at Latest Swann African-American Fine Art Sale

  BUYERS AT THURSDAY’S African-American Fine Art auction at Swann Auction Galleries in New York expressed significant interest in modern and contemporary painting. There was a broad selection to choose from with multiple offerings by celebrated painters Ed Clark, Beauford Delaney, Sam Gilliam, Lois Mailou Jones, Norman Lewis, and Hughie Lee-Smith, among others. The top...
Oct. 3: Culture Type Joins Swann Auction Galleries for a Discussion About 'New Voices in African American Fine Art'

Oct. 3: Culture Type Joins Swann Auction Galleries for a Discussion About ‘New Voices in African American Fine Art’

From left, Robert E. Holmes, Victoria Valentine, Nigel Freeman.   BEYOND THE INCONTROVERTIBLE INFLUENCE and authority of curators and scholars, professionals from a variety of backgrounds are playing increasingly important roles in preserving art and culture. To explore this phenomenon, Culture Type is joining Swann Auction Galleries for an Oct. 3 discussion about “New Voices...
Mixed Media: $2 Million Flag by David Hammons is a Work of Art, Political Statement, and Art World Commodity

Mixed Media: $2 Million Flag by David Hammons is a Work of Art, Political Statement, and Art World Commodity

Lot 2: DAVID HAMMONS, “African-American Flag,” 1990 (dyed cotton, edition of 5). | Estimate $700,000-$1,000,000. Sold for $2,050,000 (including fees)   NEARLY THREE DECADES AGO, David Hammons hoisted his newly created red, black, and green “African-American Flag” (1990) above Museum Overholland. He was participating in “Black USA,” a group show organized by Christiaan Braun, director...
May Contemporary Auctions Feature 4 Works by Henry Taylor, 2 'Couch' Paintings Far Exceed Expectations

May Contemporary Auctions Feature 4 Works by Henry Taylor, 2 ‘Couch’ Paintings Far Exceed Expectations

Sotheby’s New York Contemporary Art Day Auction, May 19, 2017 – Lot 416: HENRY TAYLOR, “Miss Kelley,” 2010 (acrylic on canvas). | Estimate $50,000-$70,000. Sold for $231,250 (including fees)   THIS MONTH, FOUR PAINTINGS by Henry Taylor were auctioned at Christie’s and Sotheby’s in New York. As recognition of Taylor increases—his work is displayed prominently...
Henry Taylor's Portrait of Black Panther Bobby Hutton is a Record Setter

Henry Taylor’s Portrait of Black Panther Bobby Hutton is a Record Setter

Lot 75: HENRY TAYLOR, “‘The Young, the Brave, Bobby Hutton’ R.I.P. Oakland, California,” 2007 (acrylic, charcoal and graphite on canvas). Estimate $35,000-$45,000. Sold for $235,500 (including fees)   IN MARCH, TWO PAINTINGS by Henry Taylor set artist records at auction. A couple of weeks after Henry Taylor‘s 2011 painting “Terri Philips” sold for $182,078 (including...
Basquiat's Moment: Record-Shattering $110.5 Million Painting is Most Expensive Ever by an American Artist Sold at Auction

Basquiat’s Moment: Record-Shattering $110.5 Million Painting is Most Expensive Ever by an American Artist Sold at Auction

Lot 24: JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT (1960-1988), “Untitled,” 1982 (acrylic, spray paint and oilstick on canvas, 72 1/8 x 68 1/8 inches). | Bids began at $57 million. Sold for $110,487,500 (including fees)   THE MOST EXPENSIVE WORK OF ART by an American artist ever sold at auction was painted by a black man. A large-scale canvas...
Sotheby's Posthumous Sale of 3 Paintings by Barkley L. Hendricks Yields Artist Record

Sotheby’s Posthumous Sale of 3 Paintings by Barkley L. Hendricks Yields Artist Record

Lot 187: BARKLEY L. HENDRICKS, “Yocks,” 1975 (acrylic on canvas). | Estimate $300,000-$400,000. Sold for $942,500 (including fees)   WEARING A SHINY GREEN LEATHER COAT with wide, white fur lapels, the “Boston-based brother” who appears in a triple portrait by Barkley L. Hendricks (1945-2017) was among the subjects for which the artist “felt one pose...
5 Works by Njideka Akunyili Crosby are For Sale at This Week's New York Art Auctions. Will They Surpass $3.1 Million Artist Record?

5 Works by Njideka Akunyili Crosby are For Sale at This Week’s New York Art Auctions. Will They Surpass $3.1 Million Artist Record?

Christie’s New York, May 17, 2017 – Lot 64B: NJIDEKA AKUNYILI CROSBY, “I Refuse to be Invisible,” 2010 (ink, charcoal, acrylic and transfers on paper, 117 3/4 x 82 inches). | Estimate $1.5 million-$2 million. Sold for $2,647,500 (including fees)   THIS EVENING, A MAJOR PAINTING by Njideka Akunyili Crosby is going on the auction...