Jul 02 at 02:00 PM - Sale 2535 - Exhibition Hours

Sale 2535 - Lot 74

Estimate: $ 30,000 - $ 40,000
ERNIE BARNES (1938 - 2009)
In the Beginning.

Acrylic on cotton canvas, with artist built frame, circa 1970. 457x610 mm; 18x24 inches (canvas); 635x762 mm; 25x30 (with frame). Signed in acrylic, lower right recto. With the artist's ink copyright stamps, verso.

Provenance: acquired directly from the artist, Los Angeles; private collection, California.

In the Beginning is one of the artist's best know
n paintings and an iconic basketball image. It was also reproduced in an edition of 750 signed color lithographs.

Ernie Barnes framed his early paintings with the distressed wood from a weathered picket fence in honor of his late father - inspired by the fenced backyard of his childhood home in Durham, NC. In his autobiography, Barnes wrote, "I placed a painting against the fence and stood away and had a look. I was startled at the marriage between the old wood fence and the painting. It was perfect. In tribute...Daddy's fence would hug all my paintings in a prestigious New York gallery." Courtesy of the artist's estate.
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