Seated in Higher Learning

[Four African American women seated on steps of building at Atlanta University, Georgia]
Askew, Thomas E., 1850?-1914, photographer
Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963, collector
Created [1899 or 1900]
Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963. Du Bois albums of photographs of African Americans in Georgia exhibited at the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1900
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

Carrie Mae Weems NY Exhibits, Recent Auction Results

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.

ImageJim, 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.


Photography Auctions, Events, Fairs, etc. – Spring 2011

Happy Chinese New Year, and a shout out to all our Afro-Chinese brethren and sistren laboring in the field of photography. There are photography auctions, events, and fairs to take note of in the coming weeks. Here’s a quick round-up so you can prepare yourself for reviewing, discussing, and purchasing:

February – March 2011

Houston Center for Photography is holding a benefit auction, February 23, ;
The Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) show is March 17–20, in New York City;
U.S. Photo Show is March 19, in New York City and other locations during the year;
Swann Auction Galleries Photography Auction is March 24, New York City; and
Palm Springs Photo Festival is March 27–April 1, in Palm Springs, California, .

March – April 2011

The below listing references New York City locations.

Sotheby’s Photographs Auction, April 6;

In Motion Photography Auction and Benefit, April 7;

Christie’s Photographs Auction, April 7–8;

Phillips de Pury Photographs Auction, April 9; and

Doyle Photographs Auction, April 20

Happy Collecting!

African Photography to be exhibited at Margulies Collection at the Warehouse (Fall 2010)

As noted on the blog, In View: Jason Edward Kaufman on Art and Culture, at ArtInfo, and mentioned during his panel discussion at AIPAD, Martin Z. Margulies will exhibit works that focus on Africa at the Margulies Collection at Warehouse (Wynwood section of Miami, Florida) this fall (November 7 – April 2011).  Among the works will be photographs likely from noted African photographers such as Seydou Keita, Malick Sidibe, and Zwelethu Mthethwa, among others.

The ArtInfo blog announcement focuses on Margulies’ recent pledge of a $5 million bequest to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

See examples of Zwelethu Mthethwa’s work at the exhibition, Zwelethu Mthethwa: Inner Views, now at the Studio Museum of Harlem through October 24, 2010.  See The New York Times review of the exhibition and the recent Aperture monograph on Mthethwa’s work.

Four examples of Mthethwa’s work was sold at the AFRICA auction held at Phillips de Pury in May.  His works were estimated from 4,000 to 15,000 USD, and sold for 5,000 to 27,000 USD, respectively.

Mr. Mthethwa is an artist represented by the Jack Shainman Gallery.

Zwelethu Mthethwa, Untitled (from Common Ground series), 2008, Chromogenic color print on crystal archive paper, 59 x 76 ½"

Ernest Withers Museum To Open in Memphis, Tennessee (October 2009)

According to an editorial posted on, Memphis Online, the city of Memphis will open a museum dedicated to the work of renowned photographer, Ernest C. Withers (1922-2007).

You may be familiar with Withers’ work on the Civil Rights Movement, black entertainers, and Negro League baseball. There exists a handful of books and portfolios of Withers’ work documenting this history. You can find selections of those images at Panopticon Gallery (Boston, MA).

To-date, I have not seen consistent auction presentation of Withers’ work. It will be interesting to see what impact the new museum will have on the collection of his work and the auction market price points that are developed, as a result.

Ernest C. Withers I have a dream
Ernest C. Withers #120: Mule Train leaves for Washington, Poor People's March, Marks, MS May 1968

Tips for AIPAD Show Attendees

I wanted to call your attention to the latest I Photo Central e-newsletter. Written by I Photo Central’s owner and photography dealer, Alex Novak, the e-newsletter is full of insightful commentary and photography market data. The March 15th edition includes helpful tips for attendees of the upcoming Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) show at the Park Avenue Armory (New York City). I encourage you to read the entire newsletter and utilize the helpful tips.

To see examples of the work featured by photography dealers exhibiting at AIPAD visit the artline® website.