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Ernie Barnes

United States (1939 -  2009 )
BARNES Ernie Untitled (the Hook Shot)

Swann Galleries /Apr 2, 2015
7,417.85 - 11,126.77
22,254.00

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Ernie Barnes - The Rose.

Ernie Barnes - The Rose.

Original 1978
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Lot number: 75
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ERNIE BARNES (1938 - 2009) The Rose. Acrylic on cotton canvas, with artist built frame, circa 1978. 620x508 mm; 24x20 inches (canvas); 787x648 mm; 31x25 1/2 inches (with frame). Signed in acrylic, lower right recto. With the artist's ink copyright stamp, verso. Provenance: the estate of Ray Blanco, New Jersey. Cuban-born Ray Blanco (1955- 2006) was a television documentary director and producer, and a prominent Latino activist and politician. He was also the president of the city council in the city of Plainfield, New Jersey, and worked with U.S. Senator Robert Menendez. Ernie Barnes framed his early paintings with the distressed wood from a weathered picket fence in honor of his late father - inspired by the fenced backyard of his childhood home in Durham, NC. In his autobiography, Barnes wrote, "I placed a painting against the fence and stood away and had a look. I was startled at the marriage between the old wood fence and the painting. It was perfect. In tribute...Daddy's fence would hug all my paintings in a prestigious New York gallery." Biography courtesy of the artist's web site.
Ernie Barnes - Figure Playing Pool

Ernie Barnes - Figure Playing Pool

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Lot number: 130
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Lot# 130 Ernie Barnes (1938-2009 Los Angeles, CA/ Durham, NC) Figure playing pool, oil on canvas, 23.5'' H x 48'' W, est: signed lower right: Ernie Barnes. Note: Together with the book ''Ernie Barnes / Artist'' personally inscribed to Carroll and Nancy O'Connor by the artist. Ernie Barnes found success in both football and art and brought the athletic movement and expression he experienced on the football field into his figurative, genre and sports paintings. An important African-American artist originally from Durham, North Carolina but most closely associated with his art career in Los Angeles, Barnes' work is often linked to Black Romanticism and Neo-Mannerist movements but ultimately stands on its own creatively. Barnes attended North Carolina Central University on a football scholarship and received his degree in art working under and heavily influenced by sculpting professor Ed Wilson who encouraged Barnes to paint his own culture and experiences. He was an offensive lineman for teams in the American Football League from 1959-1966 before retiring to focus on art full time. African-American lifestyle and genre scenes, often set in taverns dominated by billiards tables such as in the present work, are perhaps Barnes' most beloved subjects. The present work depicts a single man preparing for a shot in the midst of a game of pool. Typical of Barnes' style, the figure's musculature is visible beneath his jeans and open white shirt and everything in the composition has movement: the figure's stance, the unexpected angles and modeled texture of the walls, ceiling, floor and room objects, the focused light and shadows created by multiple light sources. The composition includes a poster advertising shows by James Brown and Lou Rawls further emphasizing Ernie Barnes' focus on African-American cultural references. Provenance: Estate of Carroll and Nancy O'Connor, Brentwood, CA. Condition: Visual: Generally good condition. A few scattered spots of paint splatter. Blacklight: A 3'' line of restoration to repair a tear in the canvas upper center with corresponding patch verso. Scattered spots and drips fluoresce white under blacklight.
Ernie Barnes - The Graduate

Ernie Barnes - The Graduate

Original 1972
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Lot number: 583
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Ernie Barnes, Jr., (American, 1938-2009), The Graduate, 1972, oil/canvas, signed, 14" x 18", Provenance: Gwen Gordy (Fuqua) of Motown fame bought the painting directly from the artist. Gwen Gordy Fuqua (1927-1999) was a legendary businesswoman, songwriter and composer, and the sister of Berry Gordy. She wrote hit songs, like "Lonely Teardrops", "All I Could Do Was Cry", and "Distant Lover". She was a highly successful manger and record producer. The Graduate hung in her mansion in Beverly Hills, CA Exhibitions: The Beauty of the Ghetto, various venues. Barnes created this exhibit, which included 35 paintings, and lasted from 1972-1979, hosted by celebrities, athletes, and dignitaries Catalogue Note: This work is housed in its original distressed wood frame. Barnes visited his parents in 1966, shortly before his first solo exhibition. His father had recently had a stroke and the usually well-maintained yard of his parents had fallen into disrepair. After inspecting the well-worn picket fence, he placed one of his recent works against it, and realized how much he liked the contrast of the old and new. He used the wood from the fence as frame molding for his New York show. Barnes commented, "In tribute...Daddy's fence would hug all my paintings..That would have made him smile."
Ernie Barnes - Untitled (the Hook Shot)

Ernie Barnes - Untitled (the Hook Shot)

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Lot number: 111
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ERNIE BARNES (1938 - 2009) Untitled (The Hook Shot). Acrylic on cotton canvas, circa 1971. 406x508 mm; 16x20 inches. Signed in acrylic, lower right recto. Signed and inscribed "By special commission. An original representation" in faded ink, verso. Provenance: private collection, CA. This is a variation on the popular Ernie Barnes subject of a soaring, dunking basketball player, made famous by the similar and highly-reproduced 1971 painting High Aspirations.
Ernie Barnes - Untitled (football Game).

Ernie Barnes - Untitled (football Game).

Original 1970
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Lot number: 37
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ERNIE BARNES (1938 - 2009) Untitled (Football Game). Oil on linen canvas, circa 1966-70. 1220x1270 mm; 48x50 inches. Signed in oil, lower right. Provenance: the estate of Jack Palance, purchased at auction on October 14, 2007, with the estate sale label on the painting back. This large canvas is one of several purchased by Jack Palance early in the artist's career. Barnes played professional football in the NFL in the late 1960s before beginning a celebrated career as a figurative painter and graphic artist. The artist was able to launch his career with the patronage of Sonny Werblin, owner of the New York Jets, and an acclaimed one person exhibition at Grand Central Art Galleries in 1968.
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