In the sale of African American artwork, Swann sets new auction records for Elizabeth Catlett and others …

Elizabeth Catlett, Seated Woman, Carved Mahogany, 1962. Sold for $ 389,000, a record for the artist.
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At the October 8 sale of African American fine art at the Swann Auction Galleries in New York, artist records fell for Elizabeth Catlett ($ 389,000); Kenneth Victor Young ($ 233,000); Sedrick Huckaby III ($ 35,000); Haywood Rivers “Bill” ($ 25,000); Larry Walker ($ 11,875); and John Farrar ($ 3,750).

NOTigel Freeman, Director of African American Fine Art at Swann Galleries, said: “I am very satisfied with the results of our auction yesterday. High prices and new auction records for Elizabeth Catlett, Allan Rohan Crite, Sargent Johnson, and William H. Johnson, all prominent figures in the first generation of modern African American artists, show the growing breadth of the market. Elizabeth Catlett particularly deserved a new record, and woman sitting was the perfect job to do it, embodying all of the wonderful qualities found in his woodcarving. Another trend was the growing popularity and value of paintings by Hughie Lee-Smith and Walter Williams, two important mid-century painters in which Swann specialized. We were also excited to set a new record for Kenneth Victor Young, more than doubling his previous auction record with his biggest painting to come up for auction, setting the bar for his emerging aftermarket.

The sale total was $ 3,679,672 (Hammer: $ 2,967,450) for 189 lots; 164 sold (87% sell rate per lot).

The best prizes Price with buyer’s premium

63 † Elizabeth Catlett, woman sitting, carved mahogany, 1962. $ 389,000 I
7 * Henry Ossawa Tanner, At the gates (Flight into Egypt), oil on panel, circa 1926-27. $ 341,000 i
95 † Kenneth Victor Young, Untitled (Abstract composition), acrylic on canvas, 1972. $ 233,000
85 Romare Bearden, Girl in a garden, collage of various papers & fabrics printed in ink, 1972. $ 197,000
10 † Allan Rohan Critic, Play Dark (Westminster Street, Madison Park), oil on canvas, 1935. $ 185,000
175 Sam Gilliam, Richer scene, acrylic and polypropylene on canvas, 1998. $ 161,000
9 † Sargent Johnson, Head of a black boy, painted terracotta, mounted on a wooden base, circa 1934. $ 125,000
22 † William H. Johnson, Jitterbugs II, color serigraph, circa 1941-42. $ 125,000
36 Norman Lewis, Untitled, oil and ink, 1960. $ 106,250
58 Hale Woodruff, Landscape n ° 2, oil on canvas, circa 1966. $ 87,500
32 * Walter Williams, Sunflower girl, oil on canvas, circa 1951-52. $ 81,250
33 Hughie Lee Smith, Landscape with character, oil on board, 1952. $ 75,000
178 McArthur Binion, Macon: Blue, marking pencil on birch plywood, 2003. $ 68,750
131 Hughie Lee Smith, Prelude, oil on canvas, 1986. $ 55,000
88 Noah Purifoy, Untitled (Zulu series), mixed media blend, circa 1970-71. $ 47,500
152 Robert Colescott, The artist and the model, acrylic and pencil, 1994. $ 47,500
151 Hughie Lee Smith, The Poseurs, watercolor, 1994. $ 43,750
103 Barkley L. Hendricks, Magnolia # 2, watercolor, 1975. $ 37,500
172 Sam Gilliam, Snow Lane # 1, acrylic, monoprint, color relief and collage, 1996. $ 37,500
177 Ed Clark, Untitled, acrylic on canvas, circa 2000. $ 36,400

Key: † = Auction record for the artist; * = Second highest price at auction; I = Establishment

Laura J. Boyer