Bonhams to auction exquisite African American art collection Sept. 28

Charles White, ‘I Have a Dream,’ est. $5,000-$7,000. Image courtesy of Bonhams

Charles White, ‘I Have a Dream,’ est. $5,000-$7,000. Image courtesy of Bonhams

LOS ANGELES – On September 28, Bonhams will offer the collection of Dr. Sarah Gray, which comprises a wonderful selection of prints and original media by African American artists. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Dr. Sarah Gray was a member of the UC Davis Department of Human Physiology for nearly 40 years, standing as the sole African American woman on staff. She spent her life championing Black artists, spending decades building up a collection of works by primarily African American contemporary artists — many of whom have recently become art market stars. Among the many wonderful highlights in the collection are two lithographs by Charles White (1918-1979): I Have a Dream (1976) and Juba (1965). The sale also features incredible work by Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett and more. In total, the 50-lot collection is expected to realize $100,000-$150,000.

Charles White, ‘Juba,’ est. $4,000-$6,000. Image courtesy of Bonhams

Charles White, ‘Juba,’ est. $4,000-$6,000. Image courtesy of Bonhams

Bonhams’ Director of Prints and Multiples Morisa Rosenberg commented, “Dr. Sarah Gray’s academic achievements and pioneering career are inspiring. She was a decorated scholar, earning a bachelor’s degree from Barnard, a master’s degree from New York University, and a PhD from UCSF. These accolades were matched by a limitless kindness and generosity of spirit. Dr. Gray was an advocate for the arts, and spent her life supporting Black artists. She wanted to tell the stories untold, celebrate her ancestry, and keep history alive. We are proud and honored to offer a selection of work from her phenomenal collection in our upcoming sale.”

Sale highlights include:

Romare Bearden, ‘Morning,’ est. $4,000-$6,000. Image courtesy of Bonhams

Romare Bearden, ‘Morning,’ est. $4,000-$6,000. Image courtesy of Bonhams

Romare Bearden (1914-1988), Morning, 1979, estimated at $4,000-$6,000.

Jacob Lawrence, ‘The Capture,’ est. $4,000-$6,000. Image courtesy of Bonhams

Jacob Lawrence, ‘The Capture,’ est. $4,000-$6,000. Image courtesy of Bonhams

Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000), The Capture, from The Life of Toussaint L’Ouverture, 1987, estimated at $4,000-$6,000.

Elizabeth Catlett, ‘Nina Negra,’ est. $3,000-$4,000. Image courtesy of Bonhams

Elizabeth Catlett, ‘Nina Negra,’ est. $3,000-$4,000. Image courtesy of Bonhams

Elizabeth Catlett (1915-2012), Nina Negra, 1957, estimated at $3,000-$4,000

 

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