Heritage Auctions Staging Single-Proprietor Sale of Practically 100 Works by African American Artists, Together with Sargent Johnson, James Lesesne Wells, and Elizabeth Catlett


HERITAGE AUCTIONS in Dallas, Texas, is promoting a trove of African American artwork from a non-public assortment subsequent month. The picks embrace artworks by Elizabeth Catlett, Charles White, Charles Alston, Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, Mavis Pusey, Emma Amos, and Sam Gilliam.

The highest tons are “Head of a Youth” (circa Nineteen Thirties), a terra cotta sculpture by Sargent Claude Johnson and “Wanderers” (circa 1930), a figurative portray by James Lesesne Wells. Each works are estimated at $30,000-$50,000. The public sale is Nov. 5 and takes place in the course of the second session of the American Artwork Signature Public sale.


Lot 67214: SARGENT CLAUDE JOHNSON (American, 1888-1967), “Head of a Youth,” circa Nineteen Thirties (terra cotta, 7 inches / 17.8 cm) excessive on 3 1/2 inch / 8.9 cm excessive wooden base). | Estimate $30,000-$50,000


Consigned by a Canada-based collector who prefers to stay nameless, 95 tons by greater than 60 trendy and modern African American artists are being provided. A spread of mediums is represented, from work and sculpture to blended media and works on paper. Nearly all of the works are limited-edition prints. The fabric spans practically a century, courting from the tip of the Harlem Renaissance within the Nineteen Thirties to the close to current with “Racquel Come to Me Two,” a digital pigment print produced by Mickalene Thomas in 2018.

Extra public sale highlights embrace “Head of a Lady” (circa 1938), a second sculpture by Johnson; “Surrealist Figures with Tribal Masks,” an undated portray Charles Alston; watercolors by Bob Thompson, Norman Lewis, and Eldzier Cortor; and an summary metal sculpture by Harold Cousins.

Three ink, wash, and collage portraits of historic girls have been made in 1942 by Lois Mailou Jones for an illustrated calendar of 12 American girls. Prints by historic figures comparable to Benny Andrews, Vivian E. Browne, Margaret Burroughs, Hughie-Lee Smith, and John Wilson, are provided. Quite a lot of artist lively at the moment are additionally featured, together with Thomas, Gilliam, McArthur Binion, Rashid Johnson, Richard Mayhew, Martin Puryear, Religion Ringgold, Betye Saar, Jamel Shabazz, Lorna Simpson, and Ann Tanksley.

HERITAGE IS CALLING THE EVENT “Soul of a Nation: Black Artwork From a Distinguished Collector,” boldly borrowing the title of the landmark present organized by the Tate Fashionable in London. That includes prized authentic works produced by about 60 iconic African American artists between 1963 and 1983, “Soul of a Nation: Artwork within the Age of Black Energy” (2017-20) traveled internationally to museums in Arkansas, New York, Texas, and California.

Aviva Lehmann, vp and director of American artwork at Heritage Auctions, informed Tradition Sort the consignor spent his profession within the leisure business. He “initially collected paperwork and historic manuscripts associated to Black historical past and from there, the previous 15 years or so, he received very desirous about tremendous artwork, largely of the Harlem Renaissance and even up till at the moment,” she mentioned. “At Heritage, we dealt with his assortment of historic paperwork. It did very effectively (in January 2019). We’ve had a relationship with him and I used to be capable of persuade him to allow us to promote his assortment of tremendous artwork.”

Lehmann added: “It’s simply thrilling to me. We’re an American public sale home. We do very effectively with American artwork and I simply thought it was time as America’s public sale home to closely concentrate on Black artwork as a result of it’s such an integral a part of our historical past. I’m thrilled to be dealing with it.”

“We’re an American public sale home. We do very effectively with American artwork and I simply thought it was time as America’s public sale home to closely concentrate on Black artwork as a result of it’s such an integral a part of our historical past. I’m thrilled to be dealing with it.” — Aviva Lehmann, Heritage Auctions

Lot: 67222: JAMES LESESNE WELLS, (American, 1902-1993), “Wanderers,” circa 1930 (oil on canvas, 18-1/4 x 24-1/2 inches / 46.4 x 62.2 cm). | Estimate $30,000-$50,000


A catalog accompanies the single-owner sale with Johnson’s “Head of a Youth” gracing the quilt. The catalog options an essay by Halima Taha, an arts and cultural strategist and writer of the guide, “Amassing African American Artwork: Works on Paper and Canvas.” She writes about amassing Black visible tradition and chronicles the rising curiosity in African American artwork on the secondary market. The catalog additionally contains an introduction by the collector, who indicators his contribution with the initials: “J.S.”

A few decade in the past, after observing the gross sales marketplace for African American artwork for just a few years, “it turned obvious to me that this was a amassing space I may take part in. And considerably better of all, it was nonetheless reasonably priced, which it’s rising increasingly more troublesome to say. The work was visually thrilling, various, highly effective, and even revelatory,” he wrote.

In his view, ardour and love are the important thing motivators that drive collectors. “Every diligently and methodically acquired addition to a set is like becoming a chunk to a never-to-be-totally-completed jigsaw puzzle. Because the puzzle grows new vistas are opened, data expands, appreciation for the objects, their makers, the social context through which they have been made, deepens,” the collector wrote.

“This has actually been the case for my assortment of Black Artwork that’s being provided up for public sale right here at the moment. Had the world of Black Artwork not opened to me I might by no means have had the privilege, or the pleasure, of getting made the acquaintance of such completely fantastic and completed artists as Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence, Emma Amos, Sargent Johnson, Mickalene Thomas, and that doesn’t even start to scratch the floor.” CT


* Situation studies included with every lot disclose getting older, put on, and injury points


FIND MORE The primary session of the Nov. 5 American Artwork Signature Public sale at Heritage Auctions contains three works by African American artists: “Head of a Boy” (n.d.) by Richmond Barthé; an undated pool corridor portray by Ernie Barnes from the gathering of Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme; and “Harlequin” (circa 1956), a Romare Bearden collage with varied papers with paint, ink, and pencil on paper estimated at $250,000-350,000. The Bearden collage has labels on the again from ACA Galleries, Jerald Melberg Gallery, Whitney Museum of American Artwork, and Nationwide Gallery of Artwork. The museum labels cite photographer Frank Stewart because the lender for the touring exhibition “The Artwork of Romare Bearden.” The provenance for the lot lists Stewart and the humanities and cultural strategist Halima Taha, who a long time in the past co-owned Onyx Gallery in New York Metropolis


Lot 67217: LOIS MAILOU JONES (American, 1905-1998), “Village Avenue,” circa 1950 (watercolor on paper, 11 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches / 29.2 x 21.6 cm). | Estimate $3,000-$5,000


Lot 67231: ELIZABETH CATLETT (American, 1915-2012), “Survivor,” 1983 (linocut on paper, 9 3/8 x 7 1/2 inches / 23.8 x 19.1 cm), Ed. 142/1000. | Estimate $3,000-$5,000


Lot 67236: CHARLES WILBERT WHITE (American, 1918-1979), “Head of a Man in Profile,” posthumous impression, circa 1984 (etching on wove paper, 8 7/8 x 12 inches / 22.5 x 30.5 cm), Annotated in pencil decrease left; artist property stamp decrease proper, Printed and Revealed by Hand Graphics, Ltd., Santa Fe, New Mexico posthumously with the ink stamp on the verso. | Estimate $2,000-$3,000


Lot 67286: RALPH ARNOLD (American, b. 1924), “Cascade,” 1986-88 (crayon, acrylic and pencil on paper, 22 5/8 x 22 1/4 inches / 57.5 x 56.5 cm, sheet). | Estimate $1,000-$1,500


Lot 67291: EMMA AMOS (American, b. 1938), “On High of the World,” 1996 (etching in colours with material collage on paper, 29 7/8 x 22 1/8 inches / 75.9 x 56.2 cm, sheet), Ed. 16/60. | Estimate $2,000-$3,000


Lot 67298: BETYE SAAR (American, b. 1926), “Maintain for Outdated Recollections, 1976 (offset lithograph on paper, 13 3/4 x 18 1/8 inches / 34.9 x 46.0 cm, sheet), Ed. 57/250. Printed by Cirrus Editions, Ltd., Los Angeles. | Estimate $1,200-$1,800


Lot 67242: JACOB LAWRENCE (American, 1917-2000), “Revolt on the Amistad,” 1989 (serigraph in colours on wove paper, 35 x 25 3/4 inches / 88.9 x 65.4 cm, picture), Ed. 88/120. Revealed by Spradling-Ames, Key WestPrinted by Lou Stovall. | Estimate $6,000-$8,000


Lot 67296: MICKALENE THOMAS (American, b. 1971), “Racquel Come to Me Two,” 2018 (digital pigment print, 15 1/8 x 11 5/8 inches / 38.4 x 29.5 cm, picture; 16 1/2 x 13 inches, sheet), Signed, dated, and editioned 9/50 in pencil. | Estimate $4,000-$6,000


Lot 67219: SARGENT CLAUDE JOHNSON (1888-1967), “Head of a Lady,” circa 1938 (glazed terracotta, 5-1/2 inches / 14 cm excessive on 3/4 inch / 1.9 cm painted wooden base). | Estimate $15,000-$25,000



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