Oct 08, 2009 - Sale 2189

Sale 2189 - Lot 68

Price Realized: $ 4,080
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,000 - $ 3,000
DON MCILVAINE (1930 - 2005)
Untitled (Sojourner Truth).

Oil on masonite, 1969. 610x405 mm; 24x16 inches. Signed and dated "2 - 69" in oil, lower right.

Chicago's great mural artist, Don McIlvaine, is known for his large street paintings of everyday struggles. Born in Washington DC, he attended Sunday morning art classes as a youth with Loïs Mailou Jones. She later assisted him in getting a scholarship to study at Howard University. After studying at the Corcoran Art School and the Newark Academy of Art, McIlvaine moved to Chicago in 1957. Working with gang youth in his Lawndale neighborhood, he elevated mural art to national attention in 1969-1970 with six dynamic and politically-conscious street paintings. Inteviewed for a 1970 Time magazine article about diversity in visual art, he declared, "People decorate the street because that's where their life is." His mural, Black Man's Dilemma, is illustrated in the 2000 publication, Walls of Heritage/Walls of Pride: African-American Murals.