It is February and time for the New York art auctions to begin in earnest. Once again, Bexley Public Radio will review the Swann Galleries February auction of African-American Fine Art.
Review and commentary of the works offered in this auction are scheduled for weekdays 11:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on Bexley Public Radio, WCRX-LP, 102.1 FM. Commentary to begin
This is Swann’s Sale No. 2268 that is scheduled for Thursday February 16, 2012. The auction begins at 2:30 p.m. and offers one-hundred sixty-three pieces by noteworthy artists.
Other statistical details of the 163 lots offered at the auction are
The selection offers the work of five artists born prior to the civil war: These five artists are Henry Ossawa Tanner (b. 1859) Robert S. Duncanson (b. 1821) David Bustil Bowser (b. 1829) Charles Ethan Porter (b. 1847) and Edward M. Bannister (b. 1828)
As to artists born after WW II, the works of only three are included in this selection. The three artists born after World War II are Fred Wilson (b. 1954) Glenn Ligon (b. 1960) and Jonathan Green (b. 1955)
There are 142 lots with pre-auction estimates in the range $1,000 to $10,000.
There are 21 lots with pre-auction estimates in the range of $10,001 to $200,000.
Reviewing the sale catalog for Bexley Public Radio and commenting on the artwork being offered for sale are Bryan Roberts and Lisa Dent.
Pictured here are art dealers Michelle Brandt and Bryan H. Roberts. Bryan is a longtime art dealer and advisor familiar to the Bexley community. For many years, the Bryan H. Roberts Gallery was located on South Drexel Avenue in Bexley. During 2010, Bryan relocated his gallery to the Short North District in Columbus and was joined by Michelle Brandt in the renamed Brandt-Roberts Galleries. The new gallery location is at 642 N. High Street and this art dealer can be reached at (614) 223-1655 and (614) 562-3310. The website is www.brandtrobertsgalleries.com and email email@example.com.
Well known to collectors and artists, Lisa Dent is associate curator of contemporary art at the Columbus Museum of Art. she holds the degrees of BFA from Howard University and MFA from New York University. She has taught modern art history and design at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and the University of California, Davis. She owned an art gallery in San Francisco. In 1992 she was a Helena Rubenstein Fellow at the Museum of Modern Art and subsequently held curatorial staff positions at the New Museum of Contemporary Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, where she completed its independent study program. She was director of the Friedrich Petzel Gallery in New York and has also worked as a freelance writer, art critic, and scene designer. Lisa can be contacted at her Columbus Museum of Art email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A sampling of the works in the sale includes Lot 25 named Sunbathers by Hartwell Yeargans (1915 - 2005). This colorful woodcut is printed on thin imitation Japan paper,is described in the Swann catalog as. 457x397 mm; 18x15 5/8 inches, full margins. Signed, titled, dated, numbered 4/5 and inscribed "Var II" in pencil, lower margin. A very good impression with bright colors. The pre-auction estimate ranges from $1,500 to 2,500.
Two exquisite geometric studies by Mavis Pusey (1928-) are offered as Lots 29 and 30.
The first is Lot 29 and is named Impact on Vibration. This lot is a color lithograph from 1968. It is signed, titled and numbered 33/40 in pencil, lower margin. A very good, dark impression. Pre-auction estimates range from $1,000-1,500.
The second piece of Mavis Pusey work is Lot 30 named Decaying Construction. The catalog describes the work as a color lithograph, circa 1970. 711x552 mm; 28x21 3/4 inches, full margins. this lithograph is signed, titled and numbered 18/20 in pencil, lower margin. A very good, dark impression. Estimated hammer price is the range $1,000 to $1,500.
The catalog notes that the gallery has found no other impressions of these two print at auction in the past 20 years.
The Swann auction rooms are located at 104 East 25th Street between Park Avenue and Lexington Ave. The artwork is available for viewing at this same address on Saturday February 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and then, Monday February 13 through Wednesday February 15, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. the morning of the sale, the artwork can be viewed from 10:00 a.m. to noon.
An illustrated catalog of the show is available for $35 from Swann Galleries, 104 E. 25th St., NYC, NY 10010; telephone (212) 254-4710 and fax (212) 979-1017. An on-line edition of the catalog can be viewed at the Swann Gallery website.
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