Apr 22, 2021 - Sale 2565

Sale 2565 - Lot 64

Price Realized: $ 4,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 5,000
African Flyer.

Collage of various printed and color papers, 1965. 406x381 mm; 16x15 inches. Signed and dated in ink, lower center.

Provenance: the Museum of Modern Art Lending Services, New York, with the label on the frame back: private collection, Massachusetts.

This colorful collage is listed as one of several of Earl Miller's works in Cederholm's Afro-American Artists, and is only the second recorded artwork by Miller to come to auction.

The Chicago-born artist studied at the Pratt Institute of Art with Richard Lindner and at the Brooklyn Museum Art School with Reuben Tam from 1954-1956. Miller exhibited in 1960 and 1961 at the Phoenix Gallery, New York, before living and exhibiting throughout Europe, including Germany, Spain and Scandinavia. After returning to the New York, in 1963 he became one of the younger members of the Spiral Group collective, joining his mentor Charles Alston and artists Emma Amos, Romare Bearden, Reginald Gammon, Felrath Hines, Alvin Hollingsworth, Norman Lewis, Richard Mayhew, Merton Simpson, Hale Woodruff and James Yeargans. Miller went on to teach visual art at the University of Washington, Seattle from 1969.