Founded by Nigel Freeman in 2006, the African American Art department handles a range of material spanning the late nineteenth century to the Harlem Renaissance, as well as modern and contemporary art. Sales consistently break auction records for well-known artists and establish records for artists with no previous auction history.
Swann holds the 2019 auction record forElizabeth Catlett, and the 2018 auction record forBeauford Delaney. We also lead the market in works byRichmond BarthJohn BiggersAaron DouglasSam GilliamBarkley HendricksNorman LewisHughie Lee-SmithFaith RinggoldCarrie Mae WeemsCharles WhiteandHale Woodruff.
The department has also held the single-owner auctions of the estate ofDr. Maya Angelouand the collections of the Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company and theJohnson Publishing Company, Swanns first white glove auction.
Swann remains the only major auction house with a team dedicated to African-American Fine Art. After more than a decade, our sales are followed closely by top collectors and curators across a broad spectrum.
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