The market for African American art is trying to emerge as a bright spot in the current environment. Many of the best works are emerging from the hands of the first owners, often friends or relatives of the artists. So the works coming to market are beyond fresh. At the same time, we have an increasing appreciation of the breadth and talent within the category. Swann Auction House holds their sale this Thursday, October 8th in New York.
Some of the interesting works in the sale are in the gallery above. They range from photography by Cornelius Battey in the beginning of the 20th century to work by contemporary artist Kara Walker. In February, Swann sold $1.268m worth of art with 64% of the lots finding buyers.