Dec 10, 2020 - Sale 2554

Sale 2554 - Lot 187

Price Realized: $ 25,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 20,000 - $ 30,000
EMMA AMOS (1938 - 2020)

Monotype in ink on velvet with a hand-painted African fabric border, 2001. 1626x641 mm; 64x25 1/4 inches. Printed by Kathy Caraccio, New York.

Provenance: acquired directly from the artist; private collection, New York.

Illustrated: Sharon Patton, "Emma Amos: Art Matters" Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, Number 16/17, Fall/Winter 2002, p. 41.

Beauty is part of Emma Amos' series of images of strong female figures in silhouette and on a non-Western support of hanging fabric. Emma Amos has sought to deconstruct traditional representations of beauty with her depictions of women. She also embraced experimental techniques as a painter, master printmaker and weaver - here with an unusual use of acrylic in monotype. In her article on the artist, Sharon Patton describes the process as a stencil hand-cut by Amos that was inked and printed with master-printer Kathy Carracio. Amos' idea for this hybrid technique came from the sculptor Terry Adkins, who had described to her the painting of acrylic mediums on silk as a block-out for screenprinting. Patton p. 41.