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Hughie Lee Smith, "Poet #4," 1954, Oil on masonite, 24 x 36 in.

Sale of African-American Fine Art

Swann Auction Galleries in New York will host an important sale on Valentine’s Day, offering 147 paintings, prints, and sculptures by African-American artists.

Barkley Hendricks, “The Hawk, Blah, Blah, Blah,” 1970, Oil and DayGlo on linen canvas, 50 x 48 in.
Swann’s sale of African-American Fine Art features notable artists Elizabeth Catlett, Sam Gilliam, Barkley Hendricks, Norman Lewis, Hughie Lee Smith, William T. Williams, and Charles White. Smith’s “Poet #4” serves as the cover lot. This important painting in the artist’s oeuvre characterizes his style during the 1950s and includes a contemplative self-portrait. 

Sam Gilliam, “Butterfly, Feeling,” 1972, Acrylic on cotton canvas, 60 x 60 in. 
Abstract works such as Sam Gilliam’s emotive painting “Butterfly, Feeling” are featured alongside representational pieces in various media. 
The African-American Fine Art sale at Swann will be held on February 14 at 2:30 p.m. EST. A pre-sale exhibition of auction items will be held February 9 from 12-5 p.m, February 11-13 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and February 14 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
For more information visit or contact Nigel Freeman at 

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