Oct 06, 2016 - Sale 2424

Sale 2424 - Lot 163

Price Realized: $ 10,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 10,000 - $ 15,000
Contemporary Precipice/60s Symbols.

Oil on masonite board, 1960-2010. 610x813 mm; 24x32 inches. Signed twice, "James McMillan '60" and "J McMillan 2010" in oil, lower right. With the artist's label on the frame back.

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

Exhibited: The Art of James C. McMillan: Loss and Redemption - A Retrospective. African-American Aterlier, Inc. Greensboro, NC, 2011; Loss and Redemption: The Art of James C. McMillan, Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield, CA, 2009.

James McMillan's powerful painting Contemporary Precipice/60s Symbols defty combines elements of surrealism and expressionism - McMillan conveys how the forces shaping the struggles of the 1960s are still very much with us today. The recently completed painting was exhibited for the first time in the artist's 2011 retrospective, and illustrated on the postcard for the exhibition. In addition to the private collections that lent to his retrospective, McMillan's work can be found in the the collections of Bennett College, North Carolina Central University Art Museum, Guilford College and Virginia State University.