Nigel Freeman Discusses Highlights of Swann Galleries' February 19 Auction of African-American Fine Art. The sale offers 250 paintings, drawings, collages, prints and sculpture by notable African-American artists—from Henry Ossawa Tanner to Faith Ringgold. Many of the works are recognizable because they have been included in important museum exhibitions and illustrated in catalogues and monographs.
Varied sale highlights include three stellar examples of Elizabeth Catlett's sculptures, among them Sister, a green marble bust of a woman, 1971; several paintings that span the length of Hale Woodruff's career and display his varied styles, including the stunning, modernist Woman by the Sea, 1930, painted while the artist was living in France; Beauford Delaney's Portrait of a Youth, oil on canvas, a gift to James Baldwin, painted in Istanbul in the summer of 1966; a monumental charcoal and crayon drawing by Charles White, Lo, I am Black, 1978; and Faith Ringgold's Tar Beach II, color screenprint on quilted fabric, 1990-1992. For more information on this and other auctions please visit www.swanngalleries.com