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    • Wadsworth Jarrell, b. 1929, Tender Souls
      Dec. 02, 2023

      Wadsworth Jarrell, b. 1929, Tender Souls

      Est: $1,500 - $2,500

      Wadsworth Jarrell b. 1929 Tender Souls 1995 offset lithograph 21-1/2 x 30 inches signed, titled, dated and numbered, 22/76 in pencil Provenance: private collection, Michigan

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    • WADSWORTH JARRELL (1929 - ) Revolutionary.
      Oct. 19, 2023

      WADSWORTH JARRELL (1929 - ) Revolutionary.

      Est: $10,000 - $15,000

      WADSWORTH JARRELL (1929 - ) Revolutionary. Color screenprint on wove paper, 1972. 851x660 mm; 32 1/2x26 inches, full margins. Signed, titled, dated and numbered 191/300 in pencil, lower margin. Provenance: acquired directly from the artist, private collection. Wadsworth Jarrell made this important print during his first year teaching at Howard University in 1972. AfriCOBRA members often made prints based upon their paintings, making these popular visual messages affordable and accessible to a wider audience. Jarrell's screenprint is made after his same-titled 1971 painting; his now iconic portrait of Angela Davis is in the permanent collection of the Brooklyn Museum.

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    • WADSWORTH JARRELL (1929 - ) José Williams Playing the Sax.
      Apr. 06, 2023

      WADSWORTH JARRELL (1929 - ) José Williams Playing the Sax.

      Est: $25,000 - $35,000

      WADSWORTH JARRELL (1929 - ) José Williams Playing the Sax. Watercolor on green wove paper, circa 1970. 1016x864 mm; 40x34 inches. Signed in watercolor, lower right. Provenance: gift from the artist; collection of the artist José Williams. This Wadsworth Jarrell dynamic double portrait of fellow artist José Williams is an extraordinary AfriCOBRA painting, and a scarce representation of the moment in Chicago. In addition to being a screenprint artist and the owner of the AFAM gallery, José Williams was also a saxophonist, and often performed at the openings at Jae and Wadsworth Jarrell's WJ Studio and Gallery. Since the late 1950s, Jarrell has depicted live jazz musicians performing in his painting. This striking portrait is a wonderful display of both his distinctive aesthetic and his ability to capture a live performance.

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    • WADSWORTH JARRELL (1929 - ) Jazz Musicians
      Apr. 06, 2023

      WADSWORTH JARRELL (1929 - ) Jazz Musicians

      Est: $25,000 - $35,000

      WADSWORTH JARRELL (1929 - ) Jazz Musicians Oil on cotton canvas, 1965. 724x1257 mm; 28 1/2x49 1/2 inches. Signed and dated in oil, lower right. Provenance: acquired at Toomey Auctions, Chicago, private collection, Pennsylvania (2015). This vibrant oil painting displays Wadsworth Jarrell's interest in music and a figurative art that reflected the lives of the African American community before the founding of AfriCOBRA. Born and raised in Albany, Georgia, Jarrell served in the US Army during the Korean War. Upon his return, Jarrell enrolled at the Art Institute of Chicago, where he focused on commercial art and design, earning his BFA in 1958. Staying in Chicago, Jarrell's focus moved from commercial art to fine art, and he became a part of the growing creative Black community on the city's South Side. There, he became acquainted with fellow artists and future AfriCOBRA co-founders Jeff Donaldson, Gerald Williams, Barbara Jones-Hogu, and his future spouse Jae. Wadsworth Jarrell developed an early interest in painting dense but dynamic scenes of crowded jazz clubs and bar scenes, based on his sketches at these nightspots. In 1964, his watercolor The Art Pub was accepted to the Art Institute of Chicago exhibition "Second Biennial of Prints, Drawings, Watercolors By Illinois Artists" and his career began to grow. By 1965, Jarrell developed brighter and bolder color combinations while his figuration became more expressive. Jarrell's painting had entered this mature period before the 1968 founding of AfriCOBRA.

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    • WADSWORTH JARRELL (1929 - ) Back to Back (Monk - Bird).
      Apr. 06, 2023

      WADSWORTH JARRELL (1929 - ) Back to Back (Monk - Bird).

      Est: $5,000 - $7,000

      WADSWORTH JARRELL (1929 - ) Back to Back (Monk - Bird). Acrylic on cotton canvas, 1998. 203x254 mm; 8x10 inches. Signed in acrylic, lower left recto. Titled in ink on the upper stretcher bar, verso. Provenance: Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia; private collection.

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    • WADSWORTH JARRELL (1929 - ) Revolutionary.
      Apr. 06, 2023

      WADSWORTH JARRELL (1929 - ) Revolutionary.

      Est: $10,000 - $15,000

      WADSWORTH JARRELL (1929 - ) Revolutionary. Color screenprint on wove paper, 1972. 838x673 mm; 33x26 1/2 inches, full margins. Edition of 300. Signed, dated "8/29/72" and inscribed "Sixty Fourth Print" in pencil, lower margin recto. Numbered #38 in pencil, upper left verso. Wadsworth Jarrell made this important print during his first year teaching at Howard University in 1972. AfriCOBRA members often made prints based upon their paintings, making these popular visual messages affordable and accessible to a wider audience. Jarrell's screenprint is made after his same-titled 1971 painting; his now iconic portrait of Angela Davis is in the permanent collection of the Brooklyn Museum.

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    • Wadsworth Jarrell "Nightclub Painting" Painting
      Jan. 25, 2023

      Wadsworth Jarrell "Nightclub Painting" Painting

      Est: $6,000 - $12,000

      Wadsworth Jarrell (American, b. 1929). "Untitled (Nightclub Painting)" depicting a white couple flirting in a smoky bar, 1960. Signed and dated along the lower right. Provenance: Kavi Gupta, Chicago; Private Collection, Tennessee. Wadsworth Jarrell was one of the original five founders of the Black arts collective AfriCobra (The African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists), which formed in the South Side of Chicago in 1967. He founded it along with fellow artists Jeff Donaldson, Gerald Williams, Barbara Jones-Hogu, and Jae Jarrell - Wadsworth's wife. They brought about change with the use of Black identity, style, attitude, and worldviews that fostered solidarity and self-confidence throughout the African diaspora. Growing up in Albany, Georgia in 1929, he was the youngest of six children. After serving in the U.S. Army he moved to Chicago in the 1940s. He worked at the International Paint factory and took night classes at the School of Art Institute of Chicago. His early works were often gritty, expressionist rendering of life in Chicago. The present work is an excellent example of these paintings, with the dark and smoky bar showing a common nightlife scene in the city. In the 1960s he began moving away from his gritty artworks towards a rainbow palette. These works would go on to be some of his most iconic works. Both he and Jae were among the 14 Black artists - most of whom were affiliated with the Organization of Black American Culture (OBAC) - who painted a landmark 60-foot-wide mural on the corner of 43rd Street and Langley Avenue called the "Wall of Respect." This wall would go on to inspire hundreds of Black Power murals all across the United States. By the 1970s, his paintings had evolved to kaleidoscopic paintings depicting portraits. His works since then have incorporated many of his styles and elements. His works have expanded from works on canvas to sculptures and installations.

      Revere Auctions
    • Wadsworth Jarrell (American, b. 1929) Cookin' N Smokin', 1986
      May. 11, 2022

      Wadsworth Jarrell (American, b. 1929) Cookin' N Smokin', 1986

      Est: $30,000 - $50,000

      Wadsworth Jarrell (American, b. 1929) Cookin' N Smokin', 1986 acrylic on canvas, seashells signed Wadsworth Jarrell (lower right) 65 3/4 x 48 3/8 inches. Property from THE WAREHOUSE, Atlanta, Georgia Provenance: Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1987 Exhibited: Atlanta, Georgia, Fay Gold Gallery, Wadsworth Jarrell, February 13-March 11th, 1987

      Hindman
    • WADSWORTH JARRELL (1929 - ) Little Jazz at the Strand.
      Oct. 07, 2021

      WADSWORTH JARRELL (1929 - ) Little Jazz at the Strand.

      Est: $5,000 - $7,000

      WADSWORTH JARRELL (1929 - ) Little Jazz at the Strand. Acrylic on cotton canvas, 1998. 203x254 mm; 8x10 inches. Signed in acrylic, lower right recto. Titled in ink on the upper stretcher bar, verso. Provenance: Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia, with the gallery label on the frame back; private collection, Philadelphia.

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    • WADSWORTH JARRELL (1929 - ) Lionel Hampton.
      Oct. 07, 2021

      WADSWORTH JARRELL (1929 - ) Lionel Hampton.

      Est: $1,500 - $2,500

      WADSWORTH JARRELL (1929 - ) Lionel Hampton. Pencil on cream wover paper, circa 1980. 178x127 mm; 7x5 inches. Signed in pencil, lower right, and titled in pencil on the mat, lower right. Provenance: private collection, Massachusetts.

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    • WADSWORTH JARRELL (1929 - ) Revolutionary.
      Apr. 22, 2021

      WADSWORTH JARRELL (1929 - ) Revolutionary.

      Est: $5,000 - $7,000

      WADSWORTH JARRELL (1929 - ) Revolutionary. Color screenprint on wove paper, 1972. 838x673 mm; 33x26 1/2 inches. Signed, titled, dated, and numbered 161/300 in pencil, lower edge. A very good, vibrant impression with bright colors. Wadsworth Jarrell was one of the founding members of the African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists (AfriCOBRA) when the artist collective formed in Chicago in 1968. Wadsworth Jarrell made the screenprint Revloutionary during his first year teaching at Howard University in 1972. AfriCOBRA members often made prints based upon their paintings, making these popular visual messages affordable and accessible to a wider audience. Jarrell's screenprint is made after his same-titled 1971 painting; the now iconic portrait of Angela Davis is in the permanent collection of the Brooklyn Museum.

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    • WADSWORTH JARRELL (1929 - ) Revolutionary.
      Dec. 10, 2020

      WADSWORTH JARRELL (1929 - ) Revolutionary.

      Est: $7,000 - $10,000

      WADSWORTH JARRELL (1929 - ) Revolutionary. Color screenprint on wove paper, 1972. 838x673 mm; 33x26 1/2 inches. Signed, titled, dated, and numbered 167/300 in pencil, lower sheet edge.

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    • WADSWORTH JARRELL (1929 - ) Subway.
      Dec. 10, 2020

      WADSWORTH JARRELL (1929 - ) Subway.

      Est: $100,000 - $150,000

      WADSWORTH JARRELL (1929 - ) Subway. Acrylic on canvas, 1970. 800x990 mm; 31 1/2x39 inches. Signed in acrylic, lower right. Provenance: Abe Goldsmith, Chicago; Robert Henry Adams Fine Art, Chicago, with the gallery label on the frame back; private collection, Pennsylvania. Exhibited: Art in Chicago, 1945-1995, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, November 16, 1996 - March 23, 1997, with the museum label on the frame back. This excellent, vibrant canvas of Wadsworth Jarrell is the earliest and largest of his significant 1970s paintings yet to come to auction, painted at the height of AfriCOBRA. In this painting, Jarrell clearly displays the goals of political and social consciousness of the AfriCOBRA collective. Using their bright "cool-ade" colors, Jarrell depicts a bustling underground urban scene that reflects the community of African-Americans in Chicago. Throughout he paints the letter "B", vibrating and bouncing across the composition, across the walls and people's clothes. Here, as in his many other paintings, the repeated "B" symbol represents 'beautiful,' 'blackness' and 'bad.' Jarrell uses the posters to hint at the struggle above; on the left is a poster for Edward G. Barret, the County Clerk of Cook County, a lifelong white city politician and on the far right is the tag of "Blackstones BPS", a black gang from the south side. Wadsworth Jarrell is a leading figure of the Black Arts movement and one of the founding members of the African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists (AfriCOBRA), the artist collective that he and fellow artists Barbara Jones-Hogu, Jeff Donaldson, Jae Jarrell (Wadsworth's wife since 1967), Napoleon Henderson, Nelson Stevens and Gerald Williams formed in Chicago in 1969. Jarrell is best known for his 1971 iconic painting Revolutionary, now in the collection of the Brookly Museum, that was first exhibited at the Studio Museum in Harlem in the AfriCOBRA II exhibition from 1971-72 and recently in the influential travling exhibition Soul of a Nation. Douglas pp. 42 - 43.

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    • WADSWORTH JARRELL, JAZZ BAND, FRAMED MIXED MEDIA
      Oct. 24, 2020

      WADSWORTH JARRELL, JAZZ BAND, FRAMED MIXED MEDIA

      Est: $5,000 - $7,000

      Wadsworth Jarrell (American/Georgia, b 1929). "Jazz Musicians", acrylic and mixed media on paper. Signed lower right.Approx. 34" x 41" (framed), 21.75" x 29.25" (sight)

      Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
    • WADSWORTH JARRELL (1929 - ) Revolutionary.
      Jun. 04, 2020

      WADSWORTH JARRELL (1929 - ) Revolutionary.

      Est: $5,000 - $7,000

      WADSWORTH JARRELL (1929 - ) Revolutionary. Color screenprint on wove paper, 1972. 838x673 mm; 33x26 1/2 inches, full margins. Signed, titled, dated, and inscribed number 165/300 in pencil, lower margin.

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    • Wadsworth Jarrell, b. 1929, The Jocks #2, Acrylic on Canvas, 48 x 68 inches
      May. 16, 2020

      Wadsworth Jarrell, b. 1929, The Jocks #2, Acrylic on Canvas, 48 x 68 inches

      Est: $50,000 - $70,000

      Wadsworth Jarrell b. 1929 The Jocks #2 Acrylic on Canvas 1981 signed and dated 1981, lower right "The Jocks #2" is an expressive group portrait of five African American Kentucky Derby winning jockeys. Left to right: James "Soup" Perkins, Alonzo Clayton, Isaac Murphy, Jimmy Winkfield and William Walker. Isaac Murphy, who was the first jockey to win three consecutive Kentucky Derbys and who won more races than any other jockey, is placed center with a glowing crown around his head. Exhibited: AFRICOBRA/Farafindugu, Neighborhood Arts Center, Atlanta, GA (Spring 1981) The Art of Wadsworth Jarrell, Carriage House Gallery, Richmond, VA, May, 1981. Illustrated: Wadsworth Jarrell, The Artist as Revolutionary, pg 59 48 x 68 inches

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    • WADSWORTH JARRELL - Revolutionary, 1972
      Oct. 25, 2019

      WADSWORTH JARRELL - Revolutionary, 1972

      Est: $4,000 - $6,000

      WADSWORTH JARRELL - Revolutionary, 1972

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    • Wadsworth Jarrell, (American, b. 1929), Precious Treasures: Cultivate Them, 1994, color lithograph, 26" x 20"
      Oct. 06, 2019

      Wadsworth Jarrell, (American, b. 1929), Precious Treasures: Cultivate Them, 1994, color lithograph, 26" x 20"

      Est: $700 - $900

      Wadsworth Jarrell (American, b. 1929) Precious Treasures: Cultivate Them, 1994 color lithograph signed, titled, dated and numbered in pencil edition of 100 26" x 20"

      Toomey & Co. Auctioneers
    • Wadsworth Jarrell "Tender Souls" Lithograph 1995
      Jun. 29, 2019

      Wadsworth Jarrell "Tender Souls" Lithograph 1995

      Est: $800 - $1,200

      Wadsworth, Jarrell (American, b.1929) circa 1995. "Tender Souls", 75/76. A vibrant and colorful abstract depicting five figures with love, care and respect written over the piece. Lithograph. Signed, numbered and dated on lower edge. Approx: 21.625" x 29.75" (sight), 30" x 38" (measures frame).

      Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
    • Wadsworth Jarrell, Untitled Figural Mixed Media
      Jun. 29, 2019

      Wadsworth Jarrell, Untitled Figural Mixed Media

      Est: $18,000 - $24,000

      Wadsworth A. Jarrell (American, b. 1929 - ), 1970. Untitled, African abstracted figural scene with two women, having Senfuo facial characteristics, carrying a child and baskets. Mixed media on paper. Signed and dated lower right. Approx. 52.375" x 41.875" (framed), 39" x 29" (unframed) Note: Wadsworth Jarrell was a leading figure of the Black Arts movement and one of the founding members of the African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists (AfriCOBRA), the artist collective that he and fellow artists Barbara Jones-Hogu, Jeff Donaldson, Jae Jarrell, Napoleon Henderson, Nelson Stevens and Gerald Williams formed in Chicago in 1969.

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    • Wadsworth Jarrell Large Signed Acrylic, Horse Race
      Apr. 22, 2018

      Wadsworth Jarrell Large Signed Acrylic, Horse Race

      Est: $30,000 - $40,000

      Wadsworth Jarrell (American, b. 1929- ) Untitled, Horse Race Acrylic on canvas Signed lower right "Wadsworth Jarrell" Approx. 50" x 73.875" (framed), 47.75" x 72" (unframed) Provenance: From a Private Collection, Atlanta; Acquired directly from the artist circa 1981.

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    • WADSWORTH, Jarrell. Lithograph. "Tender Souls".
      Mar. 25, 2018

      WADSWORTH, Jarrell. Lithograph. "Tender Souls".

      Est: $800 - $1,200

      Pencil signed lower right, numbered 26/76 lower right. Wadsworth A. Jarrell (Afriecan American, b.1929). From a Toronto, ON home.

      Clarke Auction Gallery
    • WADSWORTH JARRELL (1929 - ) Midnight Poet at 125th Street & Lenox.
      Oct. 05, 2017

      WADSWORTH JARRELL (1929 - ) Midnight Poet at 125th Street & Lenox.

      Est: $25,000 - $35,000

      WADSWORTH JARRELL (1929 - ) Midnight Poet at 125th Street & Lenox. Acrylic on linen canvas, 1979. 1372x1067 mm; 54x42 inches. Signed and dated in acrylic, lower left. Provenance: acquired directly from the artist; private collection, Georgia. Illustrated: Robert L. Douglas, Wadsworth Jarrell: The Artist as Revolutionary, plate 29, p. 57. In Midnight Poet at 125th Street & Lenox, Wadsworth Jarrell combines the Senufo facial treatment that is often seen through his mid- to late 1970s work with a street scene theme. Alongside his male figures, Jarrell adds new images - a midnight sun-moon and a turtle. The turtle is representative of a messenger or the importance of a message. The use of the coolade colors, African patterns and symbols all represent AfriCOBRA symbols. Wadsworth Jarrell was a leading figure of the Black Arts movement and one of the founding members of the African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists (AfriCOBRA), the artist collective that he and fellow artists Barbara Jones-Hogu, Jeff Donaldson, Jae Jarrell, Napoleon Henderson, Nelson Stevens and Gerald Williams formed in Chicago in 1969. Douglas pp. 55-56.

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    • WADSWORTH JARRELL (1929 - ) Revolutionary.
      Oct. 05, 2017

      WADSWORTH JARRELL (1929 - ) Revolutionary.

      Est: $3,000 - $5,000

      WADSWORTH JARRELL (1929 - ) Revolutionary. Color screenprint, 1972. 851x686 mm; 33 1/2x27 inches, wide (full?) margins. Proof, aside from the edition of 300. Signed, dated "4/29/72", and inscribed "one hundred seventy seventh print" in pencil, lower margin. This screenprint is a very scarce proof, with several changes in the colors, including areas of the yellow background, which make the white of the paper more prevalent. The inscription appears to indicate this variation may have been incorporated into the count of the edition. Wadsworth Jarrell made the screenprint Revloutionary during his first year teaching at Howard University in 1972. AfriCOBRA members often made prints based upon their paintings, making these popular visual messages affordable and accessible to a wider audience. Jarrell's screenprint is made after his same-titled 1971 painting which is in the permanent collection at the Brooklyn Museum.

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    • WADSWORTH JARRELL (1929 - ) Festival #4.
      Apr. 06, 2017

      WADSWORTH JARRELL (1929 - ) Festival #4.

      Est: $25,000 - $35,000

      WADSWORTH JARRELL (1929 - ) Festival #4. Acrylic on cotton canvas, 1979. 1721x1372 mm; 67 3/4x54 3/4 inches. Signed and dated in acrylic, lower right. Provenance: acquired directly from the artist; private collection, Georgia. Illustrated: Robert L. Douglas, Wadsworth Jarrell: The Artist as Revolutionary, plate 28, p. 55. This painting by Wadsworth Jarrell is a significant canvas from his late 1970s period. In 1978, Wadsworth Jarrell left his position teaching at Howard University in Washington, DC and joined the faculty at the University of Georgia in Athens. This painting is part of a series he begun in 1977 based on images from a trip to Nigeria. Jarrell incorporates enlogated, large African drummers and dancers with a mix of geometric patterns and abstraction. In his monograph on the artist, Robert Douglas describes the painting as a work exhibited that year in Georgia. He also notes that the lizard here signifies that "Africans, as the first people, have the right to speak on their own behalf." Wadsworth Jarrell was a leading figure of the Black Arts movement and one of the founding members of the African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists (AfriCOBRA), the artist collective that he and fellow artists Barbara Jones-Hogu, Jeff Donaldson, Jae Jarrell, Napoleon Henderson, Nelson Stevens and Gerald Williams formed in Chicago in 1969. He is best known for his 1971 iconic painting Revolutionary that was exhibited at the Studio Museum in Harlem in the AfriCOBRA II exhibition from 1971-72 and is now in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum. Douglas pp. 55-56.

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    • WADSWORTH JARRELL (1929 - ) Untitled (African Rhythm, Our Heritage).
      Oct. 06, 2016

      WADSWORTH JARRELL (1929 - ) Untitled (African Rhythm, Our Heritage).

      Est: $25,000 - $35,000

      WADSWORTH JARRELL (1929 - ) Untitled (African Rhythm, Our Heritage). Acrylic, metal foil, and ribbon on cotton canvas, 1973. 1194x762 mm; 47 1/2x30 inches. Signed and dated in acrylic, lower right. Provenance: acquired directly from the artist; private collection, Atlanta. This excellent example of the vibrant canvases of Wadsworth Jarrell is the earliest of his significant 1970s paintings to come to auction. Wadsworth Jarrell was a leading figure of the Black Arts movement and one of the founding members of the African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists (AfriCOBRA), the artist collective that he and fellow artists Barbara Jones-Hogu, Jeff Donaldson, Jae Jarrell, Napoleon Henderson, Nelson Stevens and Gerald Williams formed in Chicago in 1969. He is best known for his 1971 iconic painting Revolutionary that was exhibited at the Studio Museum in Harlem in the AfriCOBRA II exhibition from 1971-72 and is now in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum. By the fall of 1973, the collective had their last group exhibition, and each artist pursued their own interests. In the following year, Wadsworth Jarrell began his MFA degree while teaching at Howard University. Douglas pp. 42 - 43.

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    • WADSWORTH JARRELL (1929 - ) The Messengers
      Apr. 07, 2016

      WADSWORTH JARRELL (1929 - ) The Messengers

      Est: $30,000 - $40,000

      WADSWORTH JARRELL (1929 - ) The Messengers Acrylic on cotton canvas, 1979. 1727x1219 mm; 68x48 inches. Signed and dated in acrylic, lower right. Provenance: acquired directly from the artist; private collection, Georgia. This significant painting by Wadsworth Jarrell is his largest and first work on canvas from his important 1970s period to come to auction. In 1978, Wadsworth Jarrell left his position teaching at Howard University in Washington, DC and joined the faculty at the University of Georgia in Athens. This painting is part of a series he begun in 1977 based on images from a trip to Nigeria. In both The Messengers and Soweto, 1977, Jarrell incorporates enlogated, large African figures with a mix of contemporary objects and Dogon symbols. Here the message is more overtly political - The Messengers carry on their heads baskets of not only fish and bottles of beer, but also hand grenades, and some bottles have fuses. Wadsworth Jarrell was a leading figure of the Black Arts movement and one of the founding members of the African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists (AfriCOBRA) the artist collective that he and fellow artists Barbara Jones-Hogu, Jeff Donaldson, Jae Jarrell, Napoleon Henderson, Nelson Stevens and Gerald Williams formed in Chicago in 1969. He is best known for his 1971 iconic painting Revolutionary that was exhibited at the Studio Museum in Harlem in the AfriCOBRA II exhibition from 1971-72 and is now in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum. Douglas pp. 49 - 53.

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    • WADSWORTH JARRELL (1929 - ) Revolutionary.
      Dec. 15, 2015

      WADSWORTH JARRELL (1929 - ) Revolutionary.

      Est: $4,000 - $6,000

      WADSWORTH JARRELL (1929 - ) Revolutionary. Color screenprint, 1972. 838x669 mm; 33x26 3/8 inches. Signed, titled, and numbered 33/300 in pencil, lower margin. Wadsworth Jarrell was one of the founding members of the African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists (AfriCOBRA), along with Barbara Jones-Hogu and Jeff Donaldson, when the artist collective formed in Chicago in 1968. In 1971, he created a large acrylic on canvas entitled Revolutionary that was exhibited at the Studio Museum in Harlem in the AfriCOBRA II exhibition from 1971-72. This screenprint was made by the artist when he was teaching at Howard University in 1972. AfriCOBRA members made prints based upon other works in order to spread their vision and messages to a wider African-American audience. The painting on which this serigraph is based is illustrated in H. H. Arnison's History of Modern Art, p. 635.

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    • Wadsworth Jarrell, (American, b. 1929), Bar Scene, c. 1965, oil on canvas, 26.5" x 24"
      Jun. 06, 2015

      Wadsworth Jarrell, (American, b. 1929), Bar Scene, c. 1965, oil on canvas, 26.5" x 24"

      Est: $1,000 - $2,000

      Wadsworth Jarrell (American, b. 1929) Bar Scene, c. 1965 oil on canvas signed lower left 26.5" x 24"

      Toomey & Co. Auctioneers
    • Wadsworth Jarrell, (American, b. 1929), Bar Scene, oil on canvas, 26.5" x 24"
      Dec. 06, 2014

      Wadsworth Jarrell, (American, b. 1929), Bar Scene, oil on canvas, 26.5" x 24"

      Est: $3,000 - $5,000

      Wadsworth Jarrell (American, b. 1929) Bar Scene oil on canvas signed lower left 26.5" x 24"

      Toomey & Co. Auctioneers
    • Wadsworth Jarrell, (American, b. 1929), Pitts Pub, c. 1960-1970, oil on canvas, 40" x 34"
      Dec. 06, 2014

      Wadsworth Jarrell, (American, b. 1929), Pitts Pub, c. 1960-1970, oil on canvas, 40" x 34"

      Est: $3,000 - $5,000

      Wadsworth Jarrell (American, b. 1929) Pitts Pub, c. 1960-1970 oil on canvas signed lower right 40" x 34"

      Toomey & Co. Auctioneers
    • Wadsworth Jarrell, (American, b. 1929), Jazz Musicians, 1965, oil on canvas, 28.5" x 49.5"
      Dec. 06, 2014

      Wadsworth Jarrell, (American, b. 1929), Jazz Musicians, 1965, oil on canvas, 28.5" x 49.5"

      Est: $3,000 - $5,000

      Wadsworth Jarrell (American, b. 1929) Jazz Musicians, 1965 oil on canvas signed and dated lower right 28.5" x 49.5"

      Toomey & Co. Auctioneers
    • Wadsworth Jarrell, (American, b. 1929), Bar Scene, 1965, oil on canvas, 28" x 49.5"
      Dec. 06, 2014

      Wadsworth Jarrell, (American, b. 1929), Bar Scene, 1965, oil on canvas, 28" x 49.5"

      Est: $3,000 - $5,000

      Wadsworth Jarrell (American, b. 1929) Bar Scene, 1965 oil on canvas signed and dated lower right 28" x 49.5"

      Toomey & Co. Auctioneers
    • Wadsworth Jarrell, (African American; 1929 - ), Dizzie Gillespie, Pencil drawing on paper, 7 3/4" x 5 5/8"
      Apr. 21, 2012

      Wadsworth Jarrell, (African American; 1929 - ), Dizzie Gillespie, Pencil drawing on paper, 7 3/4" x 5 5/8"

      Est: $600 - $800

      Wadsworth Jarrell (African American; 1929 - ) Dizzie Gillespie Pencil drawing on paper c. 1980. Signed LR. Born in Albany , Georgia , Wadsworth Jarrell's artworks continue to capture recurring themes of the working life of African-Americans in Chicago , as well as the sights and sounds of jazz musicians. After serving in Korea with the U.S. Army, Jarrell moved to Chicago and, inspired by his first museum visits, enrolled in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1954-58). In the late 1960's, he opened WJ Studio and Gallery, where he hosted regional artists and musicians. His gallery became an important focal point for African-American art in Chicago . In the mid 1960's, following tumultuous local racial violence, Jarrell became involved in the Organization of Black American Culture. Together in 1967, they created "The Wall of Respect", a mural depicting African-American heroes. For his part, he focused on rhythm and blues, featuring portrayals of James Brown, B.B. King, Billie Holiday, Muddy Waters, Aretha Franklin, and Dinah Washington. In 1969, he co-founded AFRICOBRA: African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists. The group showed extensively, becoming known for sociopolitical themes and use of "coolade colors." Jarrell continues to explore the contemporary African-American experience through paintings, sculptures, and prints. His work is found at the National Museum of African-American History and Culture, the High Museum of Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and the University of Delaware . 7 3/4" x 5 5/8"

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    • WADSWORTH JARRELL (1929 - ) Revolutionary.
      Feb. 23, 2010

      WADSWORTH JARRELL (1929 - ) Revolutionary.

      Est: $2,000 - $3,000

      WADSWORTH JARRELL (1929 - ) Revolutionary. Color screenprint, 1972. 838x669 mm; 33x26 3/8 inches, full margins. Signed, titled, dated and numbered 82/300 in pencil, lower margin. A very good, vibrant impression with bright colors. Wadsworth Jarrell was one of the founding members of the African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists (AfriCOBRA), along with Barbara Jones-Hogu and Jeff Donaldson, when the artist collective formed in Chicago in 1968. In 1971, he created a large acrylic on canvas entitled Revolutionary that was exhibited at the Studio Museum in Harlem in the AfriCOBRA II exhibition from 1971-72. This screenprint was made by the artist when he was teaching at Howard University in 1972. AfriCOBRA members made prints based upon other works in order to spread their vision and messages to a wider African-American audience. The painting on which this serigraph is based is illustrated in H. H. Arnison's History of Modern Art, p. 635.

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