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Lots to Watch: From Notable Collections, ‘Club 55’ by Ernie Barnes and Works by Artists Winfred Rembert, Betye Saar, and Melvin Edwards Up for Auction at Sotheby’s

  MUSIC AND THE WAY it makes people feel and move is a recurring theme in the work of Ernie Barnes (1938-2009) and is on full display in a painting he started in 1990 and completed in 1994. “Club 55” was commissioned by Motown Records to mark the 10-year anniversary of the death of Marvin Gaye. The painting captures a lively nightclub scene with couples grooving on the dance floor with passion and intensity to the sounds of a live band. In the foreground, Gaye is pictured from behind wearing his signature skull cap. Leaning on the bar and taking in the scene, he raises his glass as though toasting the moment. Lot 18: ERNIE BARNES, “Club 55,” 1990/1994 (acrylic and oil on canvas, in artist’s frame, 41 ⅝ by 53 ¼ inches / 105.7 by 135.3 cm). | Estimate $800,000-$1.2 million   “Club 55” is featured in Sotheby’s Contemporary Curated sale on Sept. 28 in New York. The auction is “guest curated” by art collector and NBA All-Star Kevin Love of the Miami Heat. Love highlighted 10 works from the 254-lot auction that he was particularly drawn to because of their storytelling qualities. “Club 55” was among his selections. […]

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