Dec 15, 2015 - Sale 2402

Sale 2402 - Lot 58

Price Realized: $ 5,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 5,000 - $ 7,000
ROLAND AYERS (1932 - 2014)
Untitled (New Orleans Scene).

Oil on masonite board, 1960-61. 640x760 mm; 25 1/8x29 7/8 inches. Signed and dated in oil, lower right.

Provenance: Vivian O. and Meyer P. Potamkin collection, Philadelphia, PA; Vivian O. Potamkin estate, with the label on the frame back; private collection, Florida (2002).

This vibrant New Orleans landscape of a marching band is a scarce example of a large oil painting by this Philadelpha native artist. Roland Ayers was most active between 1968-75, when he was included in the controversial Whitney Museum of American Art exhibition Contemporary Black Artists in America in 1971, and had a solo exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem in 1973. His works is included in the permanent collections of the Afro-American Historical & Cultural Museum, Philadelphia, Bibliothèque Royale de Belgique, Brussels, the Philadelphia Free Library and the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York.