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November

Modern & Contemporary Art | Johannesburg
Modern & Contemporary Art | Johannesburg
Date: Tue, 30th Nov 2021 18:00
Sale number: JHB 30 Nov 21
Location: Johannesburg
Lots: 77
Catalogue: Download e-Catalogue
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A focused collection of top historical, modern and contemporary artworks, this boutique-style sale presents impressive examples of South Africa’s best-known artists at auction. Included is a wonderful oil on canvas still-life by Irma Stern painted in 1936, an exquisite equestrian painting by Tretchikoff, 4 early watercolours by George Pemba, a monumental Villa from 1976 and 6 superb lots by William Kentridge. Also on offer are impressive contemporary works by Kate Gottgens, Phillemon Hlungwani, Wim Botha and Banele Khoza, amongst others.

Notably, the sale also includes works from the collection of the world-renowned Handspring Puppet Company. This collection maps much of the company’s creative, personal and professional journey and includes works by Kentridge, Pemba, Simon Stone and Zanele Muholi, amongst others.

The Live Auction is the first to be held at Aspire’s new premises in Johannesburg, located in the heart of the city’s art district, in Bolton Road, Parkwood.


Art, Life and Love: The Collection of Nwabisa Xayiya (Online Auction)
Art, Life and Love: The Collection of Nwabisa Xayiya (Online Auction)
Date: Mon, 1st Nov 2021 18:00
Sale number: Xayiya ONLINE Oct 21
Location: Online
Lots: 205

 

This October, 2021, we are honoured to present Art, Life and Love:  The Collection of Nwabisa Xayiya, a single owner auction showcasing the cultivated taste and style of Nwabisa Xayiya.

The full auction collection will be divided into two parts, giving bidders two separate opportunities to participate in the auction. The Live Auction will see 100 lots of exclusive highlights from the collection included in a catalogue sale going under the hammer in a live, physical and live-streamed auction on Sunday 31 October 2021 at 11am, and the remainder of the collection will be included in an Online-only Auction opening on Wednesday 20 October and closing on Monday 1 November

October

Art, Life and Love: The Collection of Nwabisa Xayiya (Live Auction)
Art, Life and Love: The Collection of Nwabisa Xayiya (Live Auction)
Date: Sun, 31st Oct 2021 11:00
Sale number: Xayiya LIVE Oct 21
Location: Houghton, Johannesburg
Lots: 100
Catalogue: View e-Catalogue

This October, 2021, we are honoured to present Art, Life and Love:  The Collection of Nwabisa Xayiya, a single owner auction showcasing the cultivated taste and style of Nwabisa Xayiya.

The auction will offer best of class examples by great modernists as well as exciting contemporary pieces. Notable is a selection of work by painter George Pemba, whose brilliant palette held a special place in Nwabisa’s heart. There is also a set of impressive urban scenes and portraits by Gerard Sekoto and a rarely seen Alexis Preller, a glorious Robert Hodgins, and varied examples of Dumile Feni’s early work along with others from his later New York period.

Within the contemporary offering, there are outstanding works by Blessing Ngobeni, Sam Nhlengethwa, William Kentridge, Teresa Firmino, Athi-Patra Ruga, Kudzanai Chiurai, Nelson Makamo, Owusu-Ankomah and Nicholas Hlobo, amongst others. 

September

Modern & Contemporary Art
Modern & Contemporary Art
Lot: 1 to 48 - Wed, 29th Sep 2021 19:00
Lot: 49 to 132 - Thu, 30th Sep 2021 19:00
Sale number: CT 29-30 Sep 21
Location: Cape Town
Lots: 132
Catalogue: Download e-Catalogue
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Aspire Art Auctions brings a significant and insightfully compiled selection of top-quality modern and contemporary art to auction in Cape Town. The sale stars exceptional works by many of South Africa’s big signatures, including, William Kentridge, Robert Hodgins, Penny Siopis, Edoardo Villa, Sydney Kumalo and J.H Pierneef, amongst others. Also featured is an exciting collection of contemporary artists from elsewhere in Africa – Patrick Bongoy and Zemba Luzamba from the Congo, Moustapha Baïdi Oumarou from Cameroon and Gerald Chukwuma from Nigeria.

The auction is the first at Aspire’s new premises in De Waterkant. The 132 lot sale will be held over two days with a Modern Session on the 29th September and a Contemporary Session on the 30th September.

August

Winter Collection: Modern & Contemporary Art and Books
Winter Collection: Modern & Contemporary Art and Books
Starts: Tue, 31st Aug 2021 09:00
Ends: Tue, 31st Aug 2021 19:00 Sale number: TO 31 Aug 21
Location: Online
Lots: 310

Aspire Art Auctions hosted our Winter Collection auction in August– a timed-online auction featuring a unique collection of modern and contemporary art, ceramics, collectables and books.

The sale ran from Tuesday 24–31 August and differentiated itself from previous timed-online auctions with its wide range of contemporary art alongside more historic works, multiples and editions, photography, sculpture, ceramics and an impressive selection of signed art books.

July

Aspire X PLP | African Photography Auction 2021
Aspire X PLP | African Photography Auction 2021
Starts: Tue, 20th Jul 2021 09:00
Ends: Tue, 27th Jul 2021 19:00 Sale number: PLP 27 Jul 21
Location: Online
Lots: 127
Catalogue: Download e-Catalogue
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The sale, presented in partnership with the Photography Legacy Project (PLP) a­­­­­­­­­­­­­­n organisation established to support the digitisation of photographic legacies in Africa – was the largest collection of African photography ever to come to auction. The auction showcased a diversity of subject matter – ranging from landscape to the interior, gender-based issues to surfing culture and the Covid-19 pandemic.

Notable inclusions were works by Zimbabwean photographer Tamary Kudita and young award-winning woman photographer, Lee-Ann Olwage who collaborated with Belinda Qaqamba Kafassie. Emerging photographers like Kongo Astronauts collective (DRC) and the documentary imagery of Etinosa Yvonne (Nigeria) added depth and diversity, while the older generation of established practitioners like David Goldblatt, Alf Kumalo and Ernest Cole also featured.

April

Autumn Collection
Autumn Collection
Date: Wed, 21st Apr 2021 16:00
Sale number: TO 4 Apr 21 1
Location: Online
Lots: 309

This premier, large-scale, timed, online-only sale presented a wide range of contemporary art alongside more historic works, multiples and editions, photography, sculpture, ceramics and an impressive selection of signed art books for easy collecting. 

Leading artists represented in the auction included Marlene Dumas, Jane Alexander and Walter Oltmann together with contemporary voices like Zanele Muholi, Nandipha Mntambo, Athi-Patra Ruga, Blessing Ngobeni, Gerhard Marx, Nicholas Hlobo and Nelson Makamo. Modern stalwarts included John Mohl and Edoardo Villa amongst others. Pieter Hugo, Mikhael Subotzky and Roger Ballen led the photography selection while new media works by Wayne Barker, Ed Young, Usha Seejarim, Turiya Magadlela and international star Damien Hirst also featured.


Editions: International Prints & Multiples
Editions: International Prints & Multiples
Date: Tue, 20th Apr 2021 18:00
Sale number: TO 4 Apr 21 2
Location: Online
Lots: 84

A first to the local market, Editions: International Prints & Multiples was a special curated auction featuring editioned works by 20th century art legends like Alexander Calder, Antoni Tàpies, Henry Moore, Salvador Dalí, Robert Motherwell, James Rosenquist, Ernest Trova, Richard Smith and Victor Vasarely. It presented a unique opportunity for collectors to acquire works by sought-after, international artists.

March

Modern & Contemporary Art
Modern & Contemporary Art
Date: Thu, 4th Mar 2021 19:00
Sale number: CT 4 Mar 21
Location: Cape Town
Lots: 113
Catalogue: Download e-Catalogue
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Aspire Art Auctions’ Cape Town sale proved that the market for African and international art continues to thrive despite the pandemic.

The top lot by value was Irma Stern’s Dahlias and fruit, one of the most outstanding paintings from her late period, which achieved an impressive R5,234,800. Marlene Dumas scored a sensational hit when her early painting, Score, sold for R3,414,000, and stellar results were also achieved for celebrated artists; William Kentridge, George Pemba, Gerard Sekoto and Peter Clarke, amongst others, with world records at auction set for contemporary artists Turiya Magadlela and Gerhard Marx.