The Anacostia Arts Center is encouraging buyers to support Black artists through their upcoming auction. The auction features work from artists in D.C.’s Ward 7 and Ward 8. The organizers hope to raise money to support local artists like Jay Coleman. The auction is held in conjunction with the Black Artist Collective, an arts organization that helps young African-American artists get started.
Bidding can be done by telephone or online. If you are unable to attend the auction in person, you can still participate by placing an absentee bid. To place an absentee bid, simply complete the absentee bid form and submit it. To bid online, follow the steps below. Once you submit your bid, your agent will place the bid on your behalf.
Before bidding, clients must register with BLACK ART AUCTION. They will need to submit their identification and contact information. In addition, they may need to provide a credit card or bank references. They will also need to provide a shipping address. If an absent buyer must purchase the work, they must authorize the shipment.
The auction will include works by pioneering black abstract painters. The work of Sam Gilliam, for example, will be on display. This artist’s 1996 oil painting, “Lover’s Leap,” has a pre-sale estimate of between $20,000 and $300,000. Other black abstract artists featured in the sale include Norman Lewis, Gordon Parks, and Hughie Lee-Smith. The sale also includes works by Romare Bearden, William H. Johnson, Elizabeth Catlett, and others.