Swann Galleries to Auction an Oustanding Selection of African American Art

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artwork: Charles White - "J'Accuse! No. 10 (Negro Women)", 1966 - Charcoal on paper - 71.1 x 71.1 cm. For sale at Swann Galleries Winter Auction of African-American Fine Art, in New York on February 16th. Estimate: $150000 - $200000.


New York City.- Swann Galleries will conduct their annual winter auction of African-American Fine Art, with highlights ranging from important 19th century landscape paintings to prints by celebrated contemporary artists. In all, there are more than 160 works by prominent black artists. The lot with the highest pre-sale estimate is a significant Charles White drawing—the first from the artist’s famous J’Accuse! series to come to auction—J’Accuse! No. 10 (Negro Woman), charcoal on paper, 1966. A powerful depiction of African-American women, it was the cover illustration for a 1966 issue of Ebony magazine (estimate: $150,000 to $200,000). Also among the sale’s top lots is the first William T. Williams painting to appear at auction, a large 1971 acrylic on canvas titled Eastern Star, which is an excellent example of the artist’s unique abstract vision ($75,000 to $100,000). And, there is a complete copy of Kara Walker’s monumental portfolio Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated), with 15 screenprints and offset lithographs, 2005 ($75,000 to $100,000). The auction will take place on Thursday, February 16th at 2:30 p.m. The works of art will be on public exhibition at Swann Galleries on Saturday, February 11th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, February 13th through Wednesday, February 15th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Thursday, February 16th from 10 a.m. to noon.