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Auction archive: Lot number 39

Judy Bowmanb. 1952Detroit Cat Eyes

Estimate
US$8,000 - US$12,000
Price realised:
n. a.
Auction archive: Lot number 39

Judy Bowmanb. 1952Detroit Cat Eyes

Estimate
US$8,000 - US$12,000
Price realised:
n. a.
Beschreibung:

Judy Bowmanb. 1952Detroit Cat Eyes Series
Executed in 2022.Signed lower rightMixed-media collage20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.6 cm)Framed: 24 3/4 x 20 5/8 in. (62.9 x 52.4 cm)
Please note that while this auction is hosted on Sothebys.com, it is being administered by the Norton Museum of Art (the “Norton”), and all post-sale matters (inclusive of invoicing and property pickup/shipment) will be handled by the Norton. As such, Sotheby’s will share the contact details for the winning bidders with the Norton so that they may be in touch directly post-sale.Condition report Very Good. Small tear in purple applied paper at bottom right. For more information, please email auction@norton.orgProvenance Courtesy of the Artist and Eric Firestone GalleryCatalogue note Born in 1952 in Detroit, MI, Judy Bowman is a collage artist whose practice centers on exalting Black American culture. Her use of vibrant hues, textured paper, and acrylic paint illuminates narratives that move beyond institutional racism and disparaged perspectives of the Black experience—a view that too often limits the full picture of life for Black Americans. Considering herself a visual griot, Bowman tells stories through her mixed-media works on canvas that reflect her coming-of-age experiences in Detroit’s Eastside and Black Bottom neighborhoods. Scenes in her lively collages depict love, community, and fellowship—the type that resides in jazzy nights, the sway of young Black women, the swag of young Black men, church on Sundays followed by family dinner, family outings, and cultural dignity and richness. As Bowman has explained: “Working primarily in figurative collage, my technique style is intuitive. After finding the right papers, colors, and textures to create moments in time that give off a feel-good elixir reminiscent of Black Bottom and the Harlem Renaissance era, I begin with the eyes and allow my subconscious to connect with a rhythm and freely let the story play out on the canvas.” After retiring as principal of the Detroit Academy of Arts and Science in 2008, Bowman rebooted her career as an artist. She lives in Romulus, MI and works throughout Metro Detroit. Bowman’s work is found in collections such as the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI; Hubert Humphrey Federal Building, Washington, D.C.; United States Department of State, Art Bank Program, Washington, D.C.; The Booth Family Center for Special Collections, Georgetown University Library, Washington, D.C.; Sarasota African American Cultural Coalition, Sarasota, FL; Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI; and the R.W. Norton Museum, Shreveport, LA, among others. Judy Bowman: Gratiot Griot is currently on view at The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, MI through March 25.

Auction archive: Lot number 39
Auction:
Datum:
27 Jan 2023 - 6 Feb 2023
Auction house:
Sotheby's
34-35 New Bond St.
London, W1A 2AA
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7293 5000
+44 (0)20 7293 5989
Beschreibung:

Judy Bowmanb. 1952Detroit Cat Eyes Series
Executed in 2022.Signed lower rightMixed-media collage20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.6 cm)Framed: 24 3/4 x 20 5/8 in. (62.9 x 52.4 cm)
Please note that while this auction is hosted on Sothebys.com, it is being administered by the Norton Museum of Art (the “Norton”), and all post-sale matters (inclusive of invoicing and property pickup/shipment) will be handled by the Norton. As such, Sotheby’s will share the contact details for the winning bidders with the Norton so that they may be in touch directly post-sale.Condition report Very Good. Small tear in purple applied paper at bottom right. For more information, please email auction@norton.orgProvenance Courtesy of the Artist and Eric Firestone GalleryCatalogue note Born in 1952 in Detroit, MI, Judy Bowman is a collage artist whose practice centers on exalting Black American culture. Her use of vibrant hues, textured paper, and acrylic paint illuminates narratives that move beyond institutional racism and disparaged perspectives of the Black experience—a view that too often limits the full picture of life for Black Americans. Considering herself a visual griot, Bowman tells stories through her mixed-media works on canvas that reflect her coming-of-age experiences in Detroit’s Eastside and Black Bottom neighborhoods. Scenes in her lively collages depict love, community, and fellowship—the type that resides in jazzy nights, the sway of young Black women, the swag of young Black men, church on Sundays followed by family dinner, family outings, and cultural dignity and richness. As Bowman has explained: “Working primarily in figurative collage, my technique style is intuitive. After finding the right papers, colors, and textures to create moments in time that give off a feel-good elixir reminiscent of Black Bottom and the Harlem Renaissance era, I begin with the eyes and allow my subconscious to connect with a rhythm and freely let the story play out on the canvas.” After retiring as principal of the Detroit Academy of Arts and Science in 2008, Bowman rebooted her career as an artist. She lives in Romulus, MI and works throughout Metro Detroit. Bowman’s work is found in collections such as the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI; Hubert Humphrey Federal Building, Washington, D.C.; United States Department of State, Art Bank Program, Washington, D.C.; The Booth Family Center for Special Collections, Georgetown University Library, Washington, D.C.; Sarasota African American Cultural Coalition, Sarasota, FL; Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI; and the R.W. Norton Museum, Shreveport, LA, among others. Judy Bowman: Gratiot Griot is currently on view at The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, MI through March 25.

Auction archive: Lot number 39
Auction:
Datum:
27 Jan 2023 - 6 Feb 2023
Auction house:
Sotheby's
34-35 New Bond St.
London, W1A 2AA
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7293 5000
+44 (0)20 7293 5989
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