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Exhibition of the Work of Negro Artists [together with;] Exhibition of Productions by Negro Artists [&;] Negro Artists: An Illustrated Review of their Achievements.

Published: New York: Harmon Foundation, 1931-5

Stock code: 88132

Price: £1,250

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First, and only, editions of these uncommon exhibition catalogues. Established in 1922 by real estate magnate William B. Harmon, the Harmon Foundation “was the most influential social organization of the twentieth century that promoted and exhibited art by Negroes … [&] the major resource for the financial support of Negro artists from 1926 to 1933 … [striving] to keep the momentum of excitement around Negro American culture from the Harlem Renaissance and turn it into a narrative of social progress during the late 1920s and into the 1930s” (Cooks, Exhibiting Blackness: African Americans and the American Art Museum, p.11). The catalogues include work by Sargent Johnson, Malvin Gray Johnson, Laura Wheeler Waring, Archibald Motley, Nancy Elizabeth Prophet, and Richmond Barthé.

3 volumes octavo. Wire-stitched in the original pictorial paper wraps. Profusely illustrated. A little rubbed and soiled on the wraps, small chip to the upper panel of the last named, small inked bookseller’s prices to the first leaf of two, but overall very good.

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