New York: Harmon Foundation, 1928-1931-1933-1935.
First editions. Illustrated. 4 vols. 12mo. Includes the 1928 First Exhibition. Original stapled wrappers, minor soiling. Provenance: Sidney Kaplan (signature on upper wrappers and some manuscript annotations in red ink) Item #353172
Four programs for the important early exhibitions of African American art, including the 1928 first exhibition of works created exclusively by African-American artists. Artists from the first exhibition included Sargent Johnson, Aaron Douglas, A. R. Freelon, Helen Smith, Laura Wheeler Waring, Hale W. Woodruff, Palmer Hayden and many more. The later exhibition catalogues includes essays by Alain Locke and others, and included works by Richmond Barthe, Allan Rohan Crite, Beauford DeLaney, Meta V. Warrick Fuller, Lois Mailou Jones, James A. Porter, Charles Alston, Richmond Barthe, E. Simms Campbell and more. Each from the collection of noted scholar of African American art Sidney Kaplan (1913-1993). The annotations mostly comprise check marks next to specific works.
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