Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner in 1992
“A key text for me is James Baldwin's essays. The essay is from the mid '50s, when he's moved to Switzerland to work on a novel, and he finds himself the only black man living in a tiny Swiss village. He even says, 'They don't believe I'm American - black people come from Africa." The essay is not only about race relations, but about what it means to be a stranger anywhere.'"
This work is in very good condition overall. The sheet is hinged intermittently verso to the mat. There are artist's pinholes at the corners of the sheet and the sheet is very slightly undulated. There is evidence of stray media which is consistent with the artist's working method and choice of medium. Under very close inspection, there is evidence of very minor wear and handling to the corners and edges of the sheet and a few, faint & unobtrusive surface scratches. Framed under Plexiglas. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.