Self-taught masterpieces will be sold April 21-22 at Slotin Auction A weekend Spring Masterpiece sale, featuring 1,500 lots of folk art in an array of genres, will be held April 21-22 by Slotin Auction at the Historic Buford Hall in Buford, Ga., just north of Atlanta.
ink on odd-shaped paper titled Revelation (est. $4,000-$6,000); a paint on paper board titled Peter, James and John (est. $4,000-$7,000); and a circa 1970s paint with watercolor work titled Light With Self-Portrait (est. $3,000-$5,000).
Clementine Hunter will also be represented in the sale, with a 1950s oil on artist board titled Zinnias at a Funeral (est. $5,000-$8,000); a circa-1945 paint on paper titled Bringing Mother a Cool Drink (est. $5,000-$8,000); a circa-1967 oil on canvas board titled Nativity Scene; and a circa-1960s oil on artist board titled Leaving Church on a Sunday (est. $2,000-$4,000).
Sam Doyle is another huge fan favorite. Offered in the auction will be a paint on roofing tin, initialed and titled Whooping Boy (est. $8,000-$12,000); a paint on roofing tin titled Penn School Drummer 1920 (est. $8,000-$12,000); a signed oil on window shade titled Rambeling (sic) Rose (est. $2,000-$3,000); and a paint on tin tray titled Fruit Tray (est. $1,000-$2,000).
Perhaps the king of the crowd-pleasers is the late Howard Finster, a true superstar in the folk art galaxy. This sale will include his 1981 paint on found paneling titled The Words of Jesus (est. $7,000-$10,000); a paint and marker on board titled Black Cat of Desert Storm (est. $3,000-$5,000); and a 1983 tractor enamel on board titled Vision of Earth Cheetah (est. $2,000-$4,000).
Another name to be reckoned with is Mose Tollliver. Around a dozen of his works will be sold, including a paint on Masonite titled Something Like a Wild Man (est. $1,000-$2,000); a very early, signed paint on Masonite titled Mose With Wife in Flowers (est. $1,000-$2,000); and a signed, circa 1970s-1980s oil on canvas titled Erotic Couple Behind Bars (est. $1,000-$2,000).
Over 20 original works by Jimmy Lee Sudduth, taking up two full catalog pages, will cross the block. Featured will be an 8-foot-tall paint and mud on board of a Tall Red-Headed Woman (est. $1,000-$3,000); her counterpart, a Tall Black-Headed Woman (est. $1,000-$3,000); and a signed paint and mud on board of a man with banjo, simply titled ME (est. $1,000-$2,000).
The auction will feature numerous “New Discoveries,” supremely talented artists who have flown beneath the radar -- until now. One of these is Anthony de Bernardin (1889-1972), a self-taught Pennsylvania painter who made paintings of his neighborhood as well as other subjects believed to have come from photos and magazines. Sixteen of his works will be sold.
In the 1960s, a small group of Shona sculptors from Zimbabwe, Africa burst onto the art scene worldwide, prompting Newsweek magazine to write, “Shona sculpture is perhaps the most important new art form to emerge from Africa this century.” A dozen examples of these original, hand-signed sculptures, by the founding fathers of the Shona movement, will be in the auction.
Previews will be held Thursday, April 19, from 10-5; and on Friday, April 20, from 10-9, or by appointment. In addition to online bidding participation, phone and absentee bids will also be taken. Slotin Auction’s next big event after this one will be