Oct 07, 2021 - Sale 2581

Sale 2581 - Lot 88

Price Realized: $ 68,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 20,000 - $ 30,000
ERNIE BARNES (1938 - 2009)

Oil on cotton canvas, 1971. 914x1219 mm; 36x48 inches. Signed in oil, lower right recto. Dated "4/10/71" and inscribed with the artist's copyright statement in ink, verso.

Provenance: private collection, Maryland.

Exhibited: the National Press Club, Washington, DC; Agra Gallery, Washington, DC, 1971. Barnes's solo exhibiton at the Agra Galery was hosted by hosted by Congressmen Jack Kemp and John Conyers.

This painting is an excellent example of Ernie Barnes' mannerist football paintings in which expressive figures show the fierce conflict of the sport. In 1971, Barnes moved to the Fairfax district of Los Angeles, and created his iconic painting The Sugar Shack, later used to illustrate the cover of Marvin Gaye's 1976 album I Want You.