Apr 06, 2017 - Sale 2442

Sale 2442 - Lot 105

Price Realized: $ 11,250
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 5,000 - $ 7,000
Contemporary Cubicle.

Brush, ink and wash on wove paper, 1968. 635x457 mm; 25x18 inches. Signed, titled and dated in ink, lower right.

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

Exhibited: Loss and Redemption: The Art of James C. McMillan, Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield, CA, 2009.

Illustrated: Harris, Shawnya. The Art of James C. McMillan: Discovering An African-American Master, back cover image.

James McMillan's powerful drawing Contemporary Cubicle is a persistent contemporary work of art. With this existential depiction of an entrapped figure, McMillan symbolically describes the physical isolation and degradation endured by many African-Americans at the height of the Civil Rights struggle in 1968. The power of the drawing is enhanced by its continued relevance today - Contemporary Cubicle echoes the crisis of the large number of incarcarated African-American males to the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement.