A group of FIVE lithograph works by the noted African-American artist HERMAN KOFI BAILEY (1931-1981), dating to the late 1970's, two of the prints of particular interest, one titled "Youth", with dedication by the artist, 1976; the other, of a black woman, 1977 with 1978 dedication. Of the remaining prints, two are of the same image, in varying color inks, unsigned; and finally a montage of Bailey's works on one sheet, with a personalized dedication "To a wonderful family that has taught me the workings of Allah", 1976. Bailey was born in Chicago and grew up in Los Angeles. Considered something of a bohemian in his time, he struggled with alcohol and drug issues, which contributed to his early death in Atlanta at only 50. The talented artist received a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Southern California.. Today, his conte/charcoal drawings and prints, which tackle issues such as Pan-Africanism, African-American civil rights, anti-colonialism, and the black experience in America at mid 20th century, are finding their way into auctions of major African-American art. In the 1960's the artist tackled some controversial subject matter relating to the Palestinian/Israeli crises. Bailey (sometimes known as H. Kofi Bailey or Kofi X) credited Goya, Rico Lebrun, Jacob Lawrence and Charles White as major influences on his work. These prints have condition issues as they were not properly stored. These issues included soiling, dog-eared corners, creases, color fading from light exposure, etc. Nevertheless they remain a collectable and valuable testament to the strength of 20th Century African-American art. More photos upon request as I am unable to document the condition issues in the number of photos permitted. Shipping rolled in a tube would be economical.
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