In this lecture by Carrie Mae Weems she discusses her career and body of work, spanning thirty years. The talk took place on September 12, 2015 and is part of the Diamonstein-Spielvogel lecture series at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.
Phillips is holding two photography auctions in October that feature the work of Chester Higgins, James VanderZee, and Carrie Mae Weems. Both auctions take place on October 1st in New York.
In the Photographs auction, Weems is featured in three black & white prints from the Kitchen Table Series, 1990s. Lots 284, 286 and 287 have estimates starting at $ 3,000 to $ 25,000. Weems is featured in each photograph. Print sizes are from 19 x 18 7/8 to 26 7/8 x 26 7/8 inches.
Chester Higgins’ Muslim Woman, 1990, is estimated at $ 7,000 – 9,000 in the same auction.
In Photographs from the Collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, James VanderZee’s Portrait of a Harlem Preacher, Daddy Grace, 1938 and Untitled (young black woman with studio background), 1931 are featured in Lot 21. The two silver gelatin prints are signed and dated or stamped in ink on the recto: G.G.G. Photo Studio, Inc. The print is estimated at $ 2,000 – 3,000.
New York City was fortunate to have two premier art institutions host a retrospective and body of work by the esteemed American photographer, Carrie Mae Weems. Her work was recently seen at the Guggenheim Museum, Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video, and at the Studio Museum of Harlem, Carrie Mae Weems: The Museum Series, ending Sunday, June 29. The Guggenheim show has a handsome catalog.
Alongside her New York exhibitions, Weems’ work was recently sold at auction:
Untitled (from the Kitchen Table Series), 1994, 3/25. Silver gelatin print. Wright Auctions (Chicago, New York): Art & Design. 2/27/14, Lot 218, Est. $2,000-3,000. Sold: $3,825.
The Kitchen Table Series: Untitled (Eating Lobster), 1990, 4/5. Silver gelatin print. Phillips (New York): Contemporary Art Day. 5/16/14, Lot 253, Est. $8,000-10,000. Sold: $27,500.
Jim, If You Choose To Accept, The Mission Is To Land On Your Own Two Feet (1990), 2/5. Silver gelatin print. Christie’s (New York): Post-War and Contemporary Art. 5/14/14, Lot 331, Est. $10,000-15,000. Sold: $20,000.
Untitled (Woman and daughter with children), 1990, 4/5. Silver gelatin print. Phillilps (New York): Photographs. 4/1/14, Lot 253, Est. $5,000-7,000. Sold: $32,500.
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The transformation of photography in the last decades is nothing short of revolutionary — and has been driven largely by the marketplace in art photography that began in the 1970s. This panel [presented at the April 2013 Association of International Photography Art Dealers show in New York City] explores the 40-year-old photo market with leading experts.
Speakers: Catherine Edelman, Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago; Celso Gonzalez-Falla, chairman of the board, Aperture Foundation; Duane Michals, artist; Susanna Wenniger, senior specialist, photography, Artnet. Moderator is Jill Arnold, director, business development, AXA Art Insurance Corporation.
Photography and media artist, Carrie Mae Weems, has been awarded the prestigious MacArthur Genius Grant for 2013. Congratulations, Carrie! Long overdue and well-deserved!