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.
Carrie Mae Weems’ Not Manets Type, 2001, a signed and dated print in an edition of 40 sold at Skinner’s auction of American & European Art for $ 1,400 (hammer price). Auction estimate $ 2,000-2,500.
Weems is known for her narrative’s on gender, class, race, and American history. The photo-lithograph on paper measures 27 1/8 x 17 in. and numbered 13/40.
At the Sotheby’s Photographs sale on October 5th, there were a handful of lots which featured photographs of black people, or were produced by black photographers. Among the 185 lots offerred were:
Lot 65: Henri Cartier Bresson
Easter Parade Harlem, 1947
Sold for 7,500 USD
Lot 72: Herman Leonard
Jazz Studies, 1948-1991
Sold for 28, 125 USD
Lot 113: Paul Outerbridge, Jr.
“Sleepy Negro” 1924
Sold for 31, 250 USD
Lot 168: Carrie Mae Weems
“Made for Him, Made for Her” 1993
Sold for 13,750 USD
No doubt you have heard of the fire that destroyed the home of noted art collector, Peggy Cooper Cafritz, in Washington, D.C. on July 29th. Among the 19th century paintings, works on paper, and sculpture are photographs by Hank Willis Thomas and Carrie Mae Weems. In a July 31st Washington Post article, Thomas credits Cooper Cafritz’s support of his own work and that of the school she helped found, the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, where Thomas attended in 1991. Cooper Cafritz’s collection is featured in O, The Oprah Magazine.