Howard & Thomas sale features African American art March 7

African American art

Jacob Lawrence (American, 1917-2000), from Toussant L’Ouverture, color screenprint on wove paper, 1997, signed, titled and editioned (21/125) lower margin, 21 x 30in, 35 x 45in framed. Estimate: $4,000-$6,000. Howard & Thomas image

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – On Sunday, March 7, Howard & Thomas Auction House will present an art collection from the the estate of Anthony French Sr., that features works by listed African American artists Ed Hamilton, Sam Gilliam, Jacob Lawrence, John Biggers and others. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

Three screenprints by Jacob Lawrence (American, 1917-2000) are offered in the auction, one of which depicts Toussant L’Overture (1743-1803), a Haitian general and the most prominent leader of the Haitian Revolution, involved in a sword fight (above). Titled Deception, the 1997 screenprint is signed, titled and editioned (21/125) on the lower margin. It is accompanied by a certificate of authentication from Workshop Inc. It is also signed by printmaker Lou Stovall (est. $4,000-$6,000). A social realist painter, Lawrence documented the African American experience in several series devoted to Toussaint L’Ouverture, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, life in Harlem. and the civil rights movement of the 1960s. He was one of the first nationally recognized African American artists.

Edward Norton Hamilton, Jr. (b. 1947) is an American sculptor living in Louisville, Kentucky, who specializes in public art. His most famous work is the Spirit of Freedom, a memorial to black Civil War veterans, that stands in Washington, D.C. Four bronze studies of subjects depicted on the Spirit of Freedom are offered in the auction as well as a scale model of the entire memorial. Five additional Hamilton bronze sculptures are offered in the auction.

African American art

Ed Hamilton (American, b. 1947), ‘Infantryman, Spirit of Freedom,’ 2001, 1/25, bronze on a mahogany pedestal, 23¼in high. Estimate: $6,000-$8,000. Howard & Thomas image

Sam Gilliam (American, b. 1933) has been internationally recognized for the past 25 years as the foremost contemporary African American Color Field painter. He is credited with having advanced the inventions associated with the Washington Color School and abstract expressionism to a new level. His lone work in the Howard  & Thomas auction is a color screenprint titled Museum Moment. Smithsonian Associates commissioned the image in 2009 (est. $1,200-$1,800).

African American art

Sam Gilliam (American, b. 1933), ‘Museum Moment,’ 2009, 4/105, 90 color screenprint, signed, titled, editioned and dated lower bottom, 32 x 40in, 42 x 49½in framed. Estimate: $1,200-$1,800. Howard & Thomas image

One of the two John Biggers (American, 1924-2001) works in the auction is a lithograph of a child titled Hazel. The large print is from the second edition made in 2000 and numbered 38/68. John Thomas Biggers (1924-2001) was an African American muralist who came to prominence after the Harlem Renaissance and toward the end of World War II. He created works critical of racial and economic injustice.

African American art

John Biggers (American, 1924-2001), ‘Hazel,’ 2000, lithograph, (second edition), signed, titled and editioned (38/65) lower margin, 21 x 11½in, 30 x 22¼in framed.
Estimate: $8,000-$1,200. Howard & Thomas image

Also featured is unsigned serigraphy titled 4 Square from Robert Indiana’s American Dream Portfolio, 1963 (est. $500-$700).

The auction will begin at 3 p.m. Eastern time with more than 60 lots of African tribal art composed of mostly carved figures.

For details contact Howard  & Thomas Auction House at 502-208-9615.


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