A rare opportunity to acquire a relatively early (1967), delicate, linocut on Japan paper print titled "Migrants", by the iconic African-American artist SAMELLA LEWIS (1924-). The dramatic, unframed work, signed in pencil at lower right and titled at lower left margin, measures 17" by 24", and is housed currently in a professional-quality, protective archival mat arrangement. The artist needs little introduction, to collectors of African-American art. Born in New Orleans in 1924, she was a student at Dillard University, studying with Elizabeth Catlett. Moving on to Hampton Institute in Virginia, she earned a B.A. in art history in 1945, going on to a master's degree and finally a Ph. D. at Ohio State. For decades now, Lewis has been known as not only a highly talented artist, but also an art historian, educator and author, and last but not least, a collector, herself. She wrote a major, authoritative tome on the African-American art experience: African-American Art and Artists, which was updated in 2003. Lewis' paintings and prints are highly sought after at specialized sales of African-American art. This example was offered at one such auction, at Swann Galleries in New York in 2010, where it failed to sell in that year's recession-wracked art market. Condition is good overall, with scattered foxing in the delicate Japan tissue-like paper, and old tape residue, as seen in the images, along the edges. A very timely subject, dramatically handled by a master artist, fifty years ago.
SAMELLA LEWIS (1924-) African-American art pencil signed rare 1967 print "Migrants" by the noted black artist and art historian