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Georgia O'Keeffe Made 5 Portraits of Beauford Delaney, 1 is For Sale at Christie's

Georgia O’Keeffe Made 5 Portraits of Beauford Delaney, 1 is For Sale at Christie’s

  EVENTUALLY HER SUBJECTS WERE flowers, bones, and the New Mexico landscape, the Modern images for which she is best known. But over the course of her career, Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) also made a very limited number of portraits. Beauford Delaney (1901-1979) was her most frequent sitter. She made five portraits of the artist—three charcoal...
Early Rashid Johnson Photograph Covers Swann's Fall African American Art Catalog

Early Rashid Johnson Photograph Covers Swann’s Fall African American Art Catalog

“Jonathan with Hands” (1997) by Rashid Johnson   A DRAMATICALLY LIT, close-cropped portrait by Rashid Johnson covers the catalog for the African-American Fine Art sale at Swann Auction Galleries on Oct. 4. Johnson’s subject obscures his face with his hands, which are the focus of the image. The gesture is emotional and his fingers—their knuckles...
Record-Setting African American Art Auction Gives Swann Galleries Highest-Ever Sales Total in Company History

Record-Setting African American Art Auction Gives Swann Galleries Highest-Ever Sales Total in Company History

BEAUFORD DELANEY, “Untitled (Village Street Scene),” 1948   APPLAUSE SWEPT THROUGH THE SALESROOM when a colorful mid-career canvas by Norman Lewis soared to $725,000*, three times the estimate. Bidders also clapped when a village street scene painted by Beauford Delaney (above) and “O Freedom,” a large-scale charcoal and crayon drawing by Charles White reached half...
Knoxville Museum of Art Acquires 12 Beauford Delaney Works, Plans Major Exhibition in 2019

Knoxville Museum of Art Acquires 12 Beauford Delaney Works, Plans Major Exhibition in 2019

BEAUFORD DELANEY, “Portrait of James Baldwin,” 1944   FORTY YEARS AFTER HIS DEATH, Beauford Delaney’s hometown museum plans a major exhibition dedicated to his work. Since 2014, the Knoxville Museum of Art (KMA) has been amassing a collection works by the artist. On Feb. 1, the museum announced the purchase of 12 paintings, drawings, and...
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

“Flight Into Egypt” (circa 1910) by Henry O. Tanner   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,...
May Exhibitions: Mark Bradford Reps U.S. at Venice Biennale, Martine Syms at MoMA, Plus Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Pope.L, Beauford Delaney, Kehinde Wiley, and More

May Exhibitions: Mark Bradford Reps U.S. at Venice Biennale, Martine Syms at MoMA, Plus Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Pope.L, Beauford Delaney, Kehinde Wiley, and More

MUST-SEE EXHIBITIONS featuring some of the most interesting black female artists working today are opening around the world this month. The first solo museum show of Los Angeles-based Martine Syms opens May 27 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In the same city, an amazing show of new portrait paintings by British...
Schomburg Acquires James Baldwin Archive, Including Letters to Beauford Delaney Who Painted Many Portraits of the Writer

Schomburg Acquires James Baldwin Archive, Including Letters to Beauford Delaney Who Painted Many Portraits of the Writer

Embed from Getty Images   DURING HIS LIFETIME, James Baldwin (1924-1987) had a lot to say. His insightful observations and thoughtful, sometimes fiery, words about race, civil rights, and the American paradigm resonate 30 years after his death. The recent Oscar-nominated documentary “I Am Not Your Negro,” which is based on an unpublished Baldwin manuscript,...
Fund for African American Art Transforming Brooklyn Museum's Holdings, Will Honor Collector Pamela J. Joyner at Annual Benefit

Fund for African American Art Transforming Brooklyn Museum’s Holdings, Will Honor Collector Pamela J. Joyner at Annual Benefit

  THE FUND FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN ART at the Brooklyn Museum is honoring collector Pamela J. Joyner at its annual benefit March 16. The fund concentrates on gifts and purchases of pre-1945 works by important African American artists. Recent acquisitions include “Woman with Bouquet” (circa 1940) by Laura Wheeler Waring, Beauford Delaney’s 1945 “Untitled (Fang,...
Retrospective: The Latest News in Black Art - Hamza Walker to Head LAXART, National Medal of Arts Announced

Retrospective: The Latest News in Black Art – Hamza Walker to Head LAXART, National Medal of Arts Announced

RETROSPECTIVE is a review of the latest news and happenings related to art by and about people of African descent, with a few nods to culture thrown in. This week, highlights include news that President Obama created a national monument, will honor artists Jack Whitten and Ralph Lemon with the National Medal of Arts, and...
The Year in Black Art: January 2015

The Year in Black Art: January 2015

CULTURE TYPE IS REVIEWING The Year in Black Art 2015 in monthly installments over the coming weeks. The report began with a look at The Newsmakers, seven artists and curators who continue to advance their practices and their projects with fresh approaches and new ideas—effort thats are recognized and often garner significant news coverage. The...
Ebay Live Auctions Debut with Swann African American Art

Ebay Live Auctions Debut with Swann African American Art

  BROWSING EBAY, LOTS FEATURING Hale Woodruff, Alma Thomas, Jacob Lawrence and Kara Walker appear. Better known for selling collectibles, resale designer clothing and used books and magazines, eBay is launching a live bidding product with several New York auction galleries today. An offering of African American Fine Art at Swann Galleries is the debut...