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.
In preparation for next month’s photography fairs, exhibits, and auctions, African Diaspora Photography wanted to share information on some of the top black photographers in the photography market. The first is Carrie Mae Weems. In this video segment of Art21, Ms. Weems discusses the life blood of her photography work: narrative and storytelling.
The March and April photography auctions have drawn to a close. Here’s a quick round-up of noteworthy sales.
Lorna Simpson (b. 1960), Nervous Conditions (see right)
Color Polaroid prints with engraved Plexiglas
48 7/8 x 20 1/8 in. (124.1 x 51.1 cm.)
Executed in 1992. This work is number four from an edition of five.
Estimate: $6,000 – $8,000 Price Realized: $ 10,625
Christie’s, Crossing America: Photographs from the Consolidated Freightways Collection, Part I
New York, Rockefeller Plaza (Sale 2522, 7 April 2011)
P.H. POLK (1898-1984), The Boss, 1932
Gelatin silver print, 9¼ x 7½in. (23.5 x 19.3cm.)
Estimate $2,500 – $3,500 Price realized: $1,750. First time Christie’s sold a Polk image.
(Lot 237) He’s too tired to change, c 1954
Estimate $4,000 – $6,000 Price realized:$2,750
All gelatin silver prints.
SALE TOTAL: 1,838,437 (USD) (Prices include buyer’s premium)
Heritage Auction Galleries (Dallas, Texas) has 165 lots available in a post-auction photographs sale. The lots were originally presented at the April 18th Vintage Photography Signature Auction. Among the lots are images by Roy De Carava, James Van der Zee, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Lou Bernstein, and Bruce Davidson that address African diaspora photography.
The sale ends Monday, May 4th.
At Charles Schwartz Ltd. Photography there are three featured exhibitions on African-American images: “19th Century African-American Carte-de-Visites from the Civil War Era,” “19th Century Photographs of African-Americans and/or by African-American Photographers,” and “African-American Photographer Henry Clay Anderson.”