HUMBOLDT PARK — Calling all art collectors: paintings held dear by late historian and longtime Ebony editor Lerone Bennett Jr. are going up for sale in Humboldt Park.
The sale is set for 3-4 p.m. Thursday in the private gallery of An Orange Moon, 2418 W. North Ave.
The collection includes about 10 pieces by noted African American painters William Sylvester Carter, Mary Reed Daniel and Clifford Lee, as well as some unknown artists, according to Lynne McDaniel.
Lynne McDaniel said the William Sylvester Carter paintings are especially sought after.
“Everyone wants a William Carter. I wish I could keep one for myself, but that’s not realistic,” she said with a laugh.
Carter (1909-1996) was known for his landscape and figure paintings. He was one of the many black artists who benefitted from a government-led program meant to boost talented artists after the Great Depression.
Paintings in Bennett’s collection are going for anywhere between $1,000 and $6,000, McDaniel said.
As such, the sale is for “serious” art collectors only, she said. Anyone interested in attending must RSVP by texting McDaniel directly at 312-450-9821.
Bennett was a scholar and journalist whose work focused on black history and race relations. He went on to become the editor of Ebony magazine for about 50 years.
Bennett died of complications from vascular dementia in February of 2018. He was 89.
Lynne McDaniel said she and her husband were asked to liquidate Bennett’s estate after his passing. The couple also recovered Bennett’s writings, jazz and music collections, books, mid-century modern furniture and Africana, according to the Hyde Park Herald.
The job held deep significance for Lynne McDaniel, who, along with her husband, grew up in Englewood, a predominantly black neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side.
“I cannot believe a skinny little girl, born and raised in Englewood, would someday even dare to dream this big. I am humbled,” McDaniel wrote on Facebook.
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