Romare Bearden’s African American visions speak to all

Romare Bearden’s ‘Inscriptions At The City Of Brass,’ a 1972 collage on Masonite, achieved $355,000 plus the buyer’s premium in December 2022. Image courtesy of La Parisienne Des Arts and LiveAuctioneers.

NEW YORK — Lively and spontaneous scenes from the Harlem diaspora as well as depictions of the Black experience helped Romare Bearden (1911-1988) shift from being just a talented painter to one who broke through racial barriers. Making a statement on Black American culture, Bearden created powerful paintings and collages to take his rightful place among the best of the American modernists, most of whom were white. Using his own memories, literature, popular magazines, and African American history, his artworks told African American stories in a way that made them universal.

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Multiple estates represented in August 13 sale at Roland

Niso Maman, ‘Sequana,’ est. $2,000-$3,000
Niso Maman, ‘Sequana,’ est. $2,000-$3,000
Niso Maman, ‘Sequana,’ est. $2,000-$3,000

GLEN COVE, N.Y. – Roland Auctions NY will present its next multi-estates auction on Saturday, August 13 at 1 pm Eastern time. It will feature hundreds of lots of fine and contemporary art, silver, decorative arts, unique Asian items, antique and vintage furniture, jewelry and lighting. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Albert York’s ‘Imaginary Playground’ takes top honors at Sarasota Estate Auction

Albert York, ‘Imaginary Playground (Trees and Fence),’ $110,250

Albert York, ‘Imaginary Playground (Trees and Fence),’ $110,250

SARASOTA, Fla. – Andrew Ford, owner and auctioneer of Sarasota Estate Auction, conducted a notable two-day sale on July 23 and July 24. Its total exceeded $850,000 and multiple lots sold extremely well, with several significantly outperforming their estimates.

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Romare Bearden’s ‘Quilters’ could stitch up big win at Sarasota Estate Auction, July 23-24

Romare Howard Bearden (African American, 1911-1988), ‘The Quilters,’ est. $100,000-$150,000

SARASOTA, Fla. — Andrew Ford, owner and auctioneer of Sarasota Estate Auction, has secured important and powerful works of art for the auction house’s next sale, which takes place Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24. Headlining this 1,300-lot auction will be works by 20th-century American artists Albert York, Romare Howard Bearden and John Chamberlain. In addition, more than 30 pieces of art glass from artists including Dale Chihuly, Stephen Powell and Martin Blank will be sold from the Ringling collection to benefit the scholarship program at the Ringling College of Art & Design in Sarasota. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Sam Francis works bring color and verve to Roland NY, July 16

Untitled Sam Francis abstract acrylic painting, est. $15,000-$20,000
Untitled Sam Francis abstract acrylic painting, est. $15,000-$20,000
Untitled Sam Francis abstract acrylic on paper, est. $15,000-$20,000

GLEN COVE, N.Y. – Roland Auctions NY will present its July Auction on Saturday, July 16 beginning at 10 am Eastern time. Its lineup will focus on fine and contemporary art, decorative arts, furniture, silver and Asian items. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Barthe, Alston lead Swann’s Apr 22 African American art sale

Richmond Barthe’s 1937 bronze, ‘African Boy Dancing,’ estimated at $150,000-$200,000
Richmond Barthe’s 1937 bronze, ‘African Boy Dancing,’ estimated at $150,000-$200,000

New York—Swann Galleries’s spring sale of African American Art will take place on April 22. The sale will present quality works spanning mediums and movements within the canon. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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