New York: Harmon Foundation Inc., 1935.
Octavo (8 x 5 1/8 inches; 205 x 130 mm), 59,  pages in stapled illustrated wrappers.
A scarce, profusely illustrated catalogue for an exhibition of works by three Black artists: the painter Malvin Gray Johnson (who had died recently), and the sculptors Sargent Johnson and Richmond Barthé. The exhibition was held at the Delphic Studios on Fifth Avenue in New York under the auspices of the Harmon Foundation.
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.
Besides highlighting the three-person exhibition, the catalogue discusses the history and advances of Black art during the previous 10 years. There's also tribute to Malvin Gray Johnson as well as "News Notes on Negro Artists," which serves as a roundup of recent activities by Black artists. Other essays deal with art courses in schools and universities and artistic instruction in workshops. Finally, the catalogue features a valuable directory of Black artists with biographical notes about the artists.
This catalogue is widely held by institutions, with OCLC showing more than 70 institutional holdings. However, it is quite scarce in the antiquarian book trade.
An interesting insight into the activities of black artists, many of whom played important roles in the Harlem Renaissance.
Further Reading: Gary A. Reynolds and Beryl J. Wright, Against the Odds: African-American Artists and the Harmon Foundation, The Newark Museum, 1989.
CONDITION: Wrappers a bit soiled and foxed, slight curl to bottom right corner of upper wrapper, staples rusted, internally clean and bright. A Very Good copy. Item #2296