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‘Good Times” ‘Sugar Shack’ painting sells for $15.2 million



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“The Sugar Shack,” the dance-hall portray made well-known for showing within the credit of the Nineteen Seventies sitcom “Good Occasions,” bought at public sale Thursday for a record-breaking $15.2 million.

Ernie Barnes’ 1976 acrylic-on-canvas piece displaying jubilant Black dancers in a membership was additionally featured within the Evans’ household condominium in the course of the TV comedy’s fifth and sixth seasons and was used as the duvet of Marvin Gaye’s hit single “I Need You.” Different works from the NFL star-turned-artist, who visitor starred on the present, had been often used within the sequence and typically credited to J.J. Evans, the character famously performed by Jimmie Walker.

The long-lasting portray bought in New York for 76 occasions its estimate of $150,000 to $200,000, in keeping with worldwide public sale home Christie’s. “The Sugar Shack” marked the primary look of Barnes’ work in a night sale and had 22 bidders . It was bought promptly to vitality dealer and poker participant Invoice Perkins solely 10 and a half minutes into bidding.

“My life has thus far been a cheerful absurdity…..” the Houston-based Perkins tweeted Friday when he was revealed to be the very best bidder.

The collector, who owns a number of works by Barnes and different outstanding Black artists akin to Charles White and John T. Biggers, flew to New York for the public sale and gave the impression to be happy together with his new piece’s affordability too, in keeping with Artnet.

“I’m strolling away with the treasure whereas all people is combating over a Warhol or a Monet,” the producer instructed the positioning.

Certainly, the identical night public sale that noticed the sale of “The Sugar Shack” additionally made headlines for the 12-lot sale of the Assortment of Anne H. Bass, which included Edgar Degas’ well-known 1800s ballerina sculpturePetite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans (“Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen”), which bought for for $41.6 million and broke the file for the artist for the primary time in virtually 15 years, Christie’s mentioned. Claude Monet’s “Parlement,” the highest lot of the sale, bought for $75.9 million that evening.

In 2019, the California African American Museum dedicated a retrospective to the late American artist Barnes, who died in 2009. He painted “The Sugar Shack” from a childhood reminiscence — sneaking into the Durham Armory, a North Carolina venue that hosted segregated dances and that also exists. Barnes as soon as mentioned it was the “first time my innocence met with the sins of dance.”

“This picture has been in my consciousness since I used to be a child. I’ve an emotional connection to it,” Perkins instructed Artnet, including, “If I did a survey, and I put an image of the Mona Lisa and an image of The Sugar Shack facet by facet, in my group of African People, they’re going to recollect The Sugar Shack greater than the rest.”

“We had been so happy to see such phenomenal performances by an extremely various group of twentieth century artists in our sale this night,” Emily Kaplan, co-head of the twentieth Century Night Sale, mentioned in a press release to The Occasions.

“We featured works by 9 feminine artists representing a variety of inventive durations, two of whom set information — Grace Hartigan and Howardena Pindell. We had been additionally thrilled by the excellent efficiency by Ernie Barnes. The Sugar Shack soared previous its excessive estimate of $200,000 to promote for $15.2 million, almost 28 occasions his earlier public sale file.”