Shadows Uplifted: The Rise Of African Amercian Artist At Swann Galleries

January 16, 2014

Malvin Gray Johnson Along the Harlem RiverOn Thursday, February 13, Swann Galleries’ African-American Fine Art department will offer a curated auction titled Shadows Uplifted, which highlights the development of African-American artists in the 19th century and early 20th century.The auction includes 82 lots of paintings, sculptures, drawings, fine prints and photographs by artists who emerged from the shadows of academic and genre painting, and defined a new visual culture during the Harlem Renaissance era. The auction’s title is taken from Frances Harper’s 1892 book, Lola Leroy, or Shadows Uplifted, one of the first novels written by an African-American female author. The struggles faced by African-American visual artists at the turn of the century mirror those of the book’s protagonist—a young woman in the antebellum South.

The auction will begin at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 13.
The works will be on public exhibition at Swann Galleries Saturday, February 8, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday, February 10 through Wednesday, February 12, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Thursday, February 13, from 10 a.m. to noon.
An illustrated auction catalogue, with information on bidding by mail or fax, is available for $35 from Swann Galleries, Inc., 104 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010, or online at

Live online bidding is also available via

Photo Credit: Malvin Gray Johnson, Along the Harlem River, oil on board, 1925.


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