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Hector Hyppolite, 'Self-Portrait with Family,' estimated at $75,000-$100,000 at Material Culture.

Outsider art gets the spotlight at Material Culture April 29

PHILADELPHIA — Set as a no-reserve auction, Material Culture brings more than 500 lots of Outsider art to the block Monday, April 29 with Fine Folk Outsider. The complete catalog is now open for bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

Hector Hyppolite (1894–1948) has been called the ‘Grand Maître of Haitian Art.’ Entirely self-taught, Hyppolite was discovered by American artists visiting Haiti, who immediately began purchasing his works and taking them back to the United States. The sale is led by a Hyppolite original, Self Portrait with Family, dating to around 1946. The oil on board has been widely exhibited. Material Culture’s experts believe the work is Hyppolite’s sole portrayal of his family, possibly inspired by a lost photograph. It is estimated at $75,000-$100,000.

Vu Cao Dam (1908-2000) is best remembered for his paintings, making this figural sculpture in terracotta all the more interesting. Measuring 8.5 by 5.5 by 5.5in, it is estimated at $30,000-$50,000.

The sale also includes six works by Edger Jean-Baptiste (1917-1992). Known for his use of light, Jean-Baptiste became a darling of the American artist class, with motion picture director Jonathan Demme even holding an exhibition for him in 1994. The oil-on-canvas Fisherman on Sailboat was formerly in the Yvonne and Glenn Stokes collection. It comes to market with an estimate of $4,000-$6,000.

Speaking of directors, the sale also includes two works by legendary filmmaker David Lynch (b. 1946-), best known for Eraserhead and the Twin Peaks miniseries. Man Throwing Up is an acrylic and resin on canvas that has been widely exhibited. It is estimated at $15,000-$30,000. 3 Leaves, Tree, Pink Worms is undated but described as ‘early.’ The mixed media and acrylic with a leaf collage is estimated at $10,000-$20,000.