Untitled Norman Lewis work to lead African-American art sale

An untitled work by Norman Lewis will headline a sale of African-American art at Swann Auction Galleries.

The lot is expected to make $250,000-350,000 at the December 15 sale in New York.

Norman Lewis Swann
Norman Lewis was associated with the abstract expressionist art scene in New York

In this 1958 work Lewis appears to have been inspired by the work of the European expressionists and Joan Miro in particular.

He was a contemporary of the great New York abstract expressionists, including Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock.

In 1955 he won the Carnegie International Award in Painting for his work Migrating Birds (1953), becoming the first African-American artist to do so.

His record is $581,000, set in 2013 at Swann for an untitled work from 1957.

Elizabeth Catlett's Recognition is likely to prove another highlight, with a valuation of $120,000-180,000.

The auction house comments: "Recognition is a striking sculpture that epitomizes Elizabeth Catlett's masterful mid-career work, and makes a powerful figurative statement."

Catlett's auction record stands at $288,000, set for Homage to My Young Black Sisters in 2008.

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