On Thursday, February 13, Swann Galleries’ African-American Fine Art department will offer a curated auction titled Shadows Uplifted, which highlights the development of African-American artists in the 19th century and early 20th century.The auction includes 82 lots of paintings, sculptures, drawings, fine prints and photographs by artists who emerged from the shadows of academic and genre painting, and defined a new visual culture during the Harlem Renaissance era. The auction’s title is taken from Frances Harper’s 1892 book, Lola Leroy, or Shadows Uplifted, one of the first novels written by an African-American female author. The struggles faced by African-American visual artists at the turn of the century mirror those of the book’s protagonist—a young woman in the antebellum South.
Live online bidding is also available via invaluable.com.
Photo Credit: Malvin Gray Johnson, Along the Harlem River, oil on board, 1925.