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How Much is That Painting? Top 25 Auction Lots by African American Artists, 2014-2016

How Much is That Painting? Top 25 Auction Lots by African American Artists, 2014-2016

Julie Mehretu, “Looking Back to a Bright New Future” (2003).   EARLY NEXT MONTH, major auction houses in New York and London are holding post-war and contemporary art sales. In anticipation of the first significant offerings of the year, Culture Type is assessing the state of art by black artists. In recent years, a cluster...
College Art Association Honoring Ruth Fine for Norman Lewis Catalog: 'I Wanted it to Visually be Compelling and Comprehensible'

College Art Association Honoring Ruth Fine for Norman Lewis Catalog: ‘I Wanted it to Visually be Compelling and Comprehensible’

Curator Ruth Fine previews Norman Lewis exhibition at PAFA – Nov. 12, 2015 | Photo by Victoria L. Valentine   THE COLLEGE ART ASSOCIATION (CAA) announced recipients of its 2017 Awards for Distinction and art historian Ruth Fine is among the honorees. Fine organized “Procession: The Art of Norman Lewis,” the first major museum retrospective...
At Swann African American Art Auction, Abstract Paintings by Norman Lewis, Sam Gilliam, and Wadsworth Jarrell Top Sales

At Swann African American Art Auction, Abstract Paintings by Norman Lewis, Sam Gilliam, and Wadsworth Jarrell Top Sales

WADSWORTH JARRELL’s 1973 “Untitled (African Rhythm, Our Heritage)” achieved an artist’s record at Swann’s Oct. 6 sale of African American art.   WHEN THE HAMMER CAME DOWN, a brief round of applause followed the sale of Wadsworth Jarrell‘s “Untitled (African Rhythm, Our Heritage).” The vibrant mixed-media painting sold for $78,000 ($97,500 including fees), more than...
Retrospective: The Latest News in Black Art - London Fairs, African and African American Art at Auction

Retrospective: The Latest News in Black Art – London Fairs, African and African American Art at Auction

RETROSPECTIVE is a review of the latest news and happenings related to visual art by and about people of African descent, with the occasional nod to cultural matters. This week, highlights include news from Frieze London and the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair; sales of African and African American art at auctions in New York,...
Book Report: New Titles on McArthur Binion, Glenn Ligon, Mickalene Thomas, and More

Book Report: New Titles on McArthur Binion, Glenn Ligon, Mickalene Thomas, and More

BOOK REPORT CHARTS recently published art books. Among these six new titles, a number accompany exhibitions of work by African American artists including Norman Lewis, Kerry James Marshall, and Mickalene Thomas. A scholarly study investigates the life and work of early 20th century painter Horace Pippin.   “Suffering and Sunset: World War I in the...
Culture Type Picks: 14 Best Black Art Books of 2015

Culture Type Picks: 14 Best Black Art Books of 2015

MANY OF THIS YEAR’S BEST African American art books were published to coincide with exhibitions. The correlation is not surprising given the caliber of exhibitions on view in 2015, including innovative (“Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now”) and long overdue (“Noah Purify: Junk Dada” and “Procession: The Art of Norman Lewis”)...
Record Breaker: Norman Lewis Painting Sells for Nearly $1 Million at Swann Auction

Record Breaker: Norman Lewis Painting Sells for Nearly $1 Million at Swann Auction

THE MOMENTUM SURROUNDING NORMAN LEWIS (1909-1979) continued earlier this week when a large-scale abstract painting by the artist (shown above) garnered nearly $1 million at Swann Auction Galleries. The Dec. 15 auction featured seven Lewis works, including the sale’s top lot, an oil on canvas painting executed in a limited beige palette, estimated to sell...
Newark Museum Acquires Norman Lewis Painting Featured in Recently Opened PAFA Retrospective

Newark Museum Acquires Norman Lewis Painting Featured in Recently Opened PAFA Retrospective

  EIGHT DAYS BEFORE “Procession: The Art of Norman Lewis” opened at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA), one of the large-scale canvases featured in the exhibition was acquired by the Newark Museum. The painting is one of the more striking on view in the Norman Lewis retrospective, a 1953 abstract on untreated canvas,...
Dec. 15: Next Swann African American Art Auction Features Diverse Slate of Significant Modern and Contemporary Works

Dec. 15: Next Swann African American Art Auction Features Diverse Slate of Significant Modern and Contemporary Works

SWANN AUCTION GALLERIES has released the catalog for its fall African American Fine Art sale on Dec. 15 in New York. The selection, which it describes as including its “strongest offerings to date,” features a number of Norman Lewis paintings, several works by Hughie Lee-Smith, Lois Mailou Jones, Beauford Delaney, and Charles White, along with...
Fall Exhibitions: 42 Must-See Museum Shows Featuring Black Artists

Fall Exhibitions: 42 Must-See Museum Shows Featuring Black Artists

DURING A TALK ABOUT COLLECTING African American art, collector Rodney Miller told curator Ruth Fine that he is a “big, big, big fan of painting.” And soon, Fine revealed to the audience gathered to hear the conversation at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., that two of Miller’s paintings by Norman Lewis would...
'Ascension': Swann's April 2 African American Fine Art Auction Features Barkley L. Hendricks

‘Ascension’: Swann’s April 2 African American Fine Art Auction Features Barkley L. Hendricks

THE MOST CELEBRATED WORKS by Barkley L. Hendricks are his 1970s portraits of cool characters he encountered at Yale University and knew in the years following. Last year, in an interview at Swann Auction Galleries, Hendricks regaled the audience with amusing stories about his colorful subjects, but then noted the importance of his technique for...
In New York for the Holidays? 17 Exhibitions for Your Agenda

In New York for the Holidays? 17 Exhibitions for Your Agenda

NOTHING BEATS SPENDING THE HOLIDAYS in New York City and the best way to avoid the clutch of shoppers is to sneak away and take in some art. All around Manhattan, from the New Museum, where British-born Chris Ofili’s first solo exhibition at a major U.S. museum is on view, to the Metropolitan Museum of...
Collector Rodney Miller Enlists Curators to Hang His Art

Collector Rodney Miller Enlists Curators to Hang His Art

THE SUMMER 2014 ISSUE OF ARTNEWS features its annual list of top art collectors in the world. The issue also profiles collector Rodney M. Miller, whose Upper East Side townhouse is filled with modern and contemporary African American and African diasporic art. A member of the acquisitions committee at the Studio Museum in Harlem, where...
The Week in Black Art | May 31-June 6, 2014

The Week in Black Art | May 31-June 6, 2014

A REVIEW OF THE WEEK’S NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS IN THE ART WORLD Featuring Dak’Art, Black abstract painters, African American art auctions, Yam Collective and more DAK’ART is winding down after a month of exhibitions and events. Artforum has a dispatch from the oldest biennial in Africa. The U.S. contingent included artists Simone Leigh (shown above,...