Oct 05, 2017 - Sale 2456

Sale 2456 - Lot 129

Price Realized: $ 45,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 35,000 - $ 50,000
Sea Islands Series.

Four panels, with two silver prints and two screenprinted text panels, in the original frames, 1992. Each 502x502 mm; 19 3/4x19 3/4 inches. Edition number 4 of 10. Each silver print signed in blue ink on the artist's sticker on the mount verso.

Provenance: collection of the artist, New York; P.P.O.W., New York; private collection, New York.

Exhibited: Sea Islands, P.P.O.W., New York, November 27 - December 23, 1992, with the label on each the frame back.

In her evocative Sea Islands series, Carrie Mae Weems interprets the environs and lives of the Gullah people of the Sea Islands. Weems became interested in these unique African-American communities off the coast of Georgia and South Carolina while studying folklore in graduate school from 1984-87 at the University of California, Berkeley. The isolated Gulla residents are the direct descendants of freed slaves who maintained many cultural links to their African past. Using both photographs and texts, Weems conveys the enduring richness of the Gullah culture and spiritual life with an distinctive artistic eye. This grouping of untitled four panels from the series is being offered at auction for the first time. Delmez p. 106.