New York: Harmon Foundation Inc., 1931. 8vo (8 x 5 1/8 inches; 205 x 130 mm), 47,  pages in stapled illustrated wrappers. An important catalogue for a juried exhibition of more than 120 works by black artists. Artists included Richmond Barthé, Allan Freelon, Meta Warrick Fuller, Malvin Gray Johnson, Sargent Claude Johnson, William H. Johnson, Lois Mailou Jones, Archibald Motley, Richard Bruce Nugent, Augusta Savage, Laura Wheeler Waring, and Hale A. Woodruff. The Gold Medal and $400 ($6,700 in 2019 dollars) were presented to painter and printmaker James Lesene Wells, who had nine works in the exhibition.The catalogue includes "Some Historical Reflections" by Arthur A. Schomburg of Fisk University, with additional essays by Alain Locke, Ernestina Rose, James V. Herring, and Alon Bement. There's also a helpful section featuring thumbnail biographies of the artists, along with more than 30 sepia reproductions of some of the works, all photographed by James L. Allen, "Negro photographer."Real-estate magnate and philanthropist William E. Harmon established the Harmon Foundation in 1922 to give out awards for self-improvement and character development. By 1926, the foundation had established Awards for Distinguished Achievement Among Negroes in eight different fields, including fine arts. This catalogue is scarce. OCLC First Search shows only 5 institutional holdings: Howard University, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Lemoyne-Owen College, and Gettysburg College. There were no other copies in commerce as of November 7, 2019. An interesting insight into black art of the early Depression years featuring many artists who played important roles in the Harlem Renaissance. SCARCE.Further Reading: Gary A. Reynolds and Beryl J. Wright, Against the Odds: African-American Artists and the Harmon Foundation, The Newark Museum, 1989. Item #2103
CONDITION: Creasing and soiling to wrappers as well as creasing to other pages. Bookseller's inked price to title page but overall Very Good.