NEW YORK—Last month, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery began representation of the estate of painter Benny Andrews (1930–2006). According to gallery director Halley K. Harrisburg, the gallery will focus on the artist’s paintings (though some drawings and prints will be available as well), which are priced at $50,000/200,000, “depending on size, quality and subject matter.”
The gallery is planning its first solo exhibition of works from Andrews’ estate, which will include work from the 1960s through the time of his death, for March 2010. “Benny was a very prolific artist,” Harrisburg told ARTnewsletter. “Although he had a considerable amount of success in his lifetime, he still had a substantial amount of unsold work.”
Andrews has been included in several group shows at the gallery over the past 20 years, Harrisburg said, noting that the gallery has previously handled his work on both the primary and secondary markets. Harrisburg said the gallery has a “good sense” of the artist’s collectors. Most notably they focus on African American artists, she said, and specifically on Southern subject matter.
Many of Andrews’s paintings are in public collections, including the Brooklyn Museum; the Detroit Institute of Arts; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Ga.; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, both in New York. The Ogden Museum of Southern Art at the University of New Orleans has the largest collection of the artist’s paintings. The artist created the Benny Andrews Foundation in 2002; it provides grants to emerging African American artists and to institutions seeking to acquire African American art.
During his lifetime, Andrews was represented by Forum Gallery and, later, by ACA Galleries.