Whitfield Lovell - New Now New York Tuesday, September 28, 2021 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    DC Moore Gallery, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2006

  • Literature

    The Art of Whitfield Lovell: Whispers from the Walls, exh. cat., University of North Texas Art Gallery, Denton, 2003, p. 78 (illustrated)

  • Artist Biography

    Whitfield Lovell

    American • 1959

    History, memory and identity are at the core of Whitfield Lovell’s practice. For almost 30 years, Lovell has created nuanced portraits of anonymous African Americans by combining exceptional draftsmanship with evocative found images and objects he finds at flea markets, antique stores and estate sales. Lovell, who counts his earliest memories as being of his father developing family photographs in their Bronx apartment, bases his detailed drawings on pre-Civil Rights era photographs and tintypes. While matching the photographs’ precision, he often draws these portraits on stained and weathered wood and juxtaposes the evocative images with objects that seem to point to different moments of U.S. history.

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The Threes

charcoal on wood, with found glass bottles, playing cards, wooden matches, metal tins, shot glass, eyeglasses, shaving brush, hair comb and aspirin
27 3/4 x 19 x 16 in. (70.5 x 48.3 x 40.6 cm)
Executed in 1999.

$4,000 - 6,000 

Sold for $12,600

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Patrizia Koenig

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New York Auction 28 September 2021