Swann Auction Galleries

Thursday, April 4th, 2024

African American Art
Sale #2664

Our sale begins with a wonderful group of artworks from the Harlem Renaissance that epitomize the period: a scarce woodcut by Aaron Douglas and a plaster bust by Augusta Savage. Post-war painting is represented by significant abstraction by Norman Lewis and Sam Gilliam, along with a significant, mid-career oil painting by the great Hughie Lee-Smith—his Ball Player, 1970, a powerful painting, epitomizes the artist’s evocative depictions of African American youth in desolate urban settings. Ball Player has been widely exhibited and was in the personal collection of the artist before being acquired by the current owners. Contemporary highlights include a large Kermit Oliver painting, a pair of early Simone Leigh terra cotta vessels and Howardena Pindell’s punched paper assemblage.

The auction will close with a special evening session, Art For Life, featuring contemporary art to be sold to benefit the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. Donated works by such artists as Derrick Adams, Hank Willis Thomas and Carrie Mae Weems are expected.


Sat, Mar 30th 12pm - 5pm
Mon, Apr 1st 12pm - 5pm
Tue, Apr 2nd 12pm - 5pm
Wed, Apr 3rd 12pm - 5pm

Swann Auction Galleries
104 East 25th Street

New York, NY

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Swann Auction Galleries