20th Century & Contemporary Art

20th Century & Contemporary Art

Date: 15th Mar, 2023 18:00
Sale number: CT Mar 23
Location: Cape Town
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Kickstarting the 2023 program Aspire Art are delighted to present their first Live sale, 20th Century & Contemporary Art in March. The sale has become a highly anticipated event in the Cape Town auction calendar, showcasing and recognising works by truly exceptional artists from Southern Africa.

Contemporary highlights include seminal works by William Kentridge, Robert Hodgins, Sue Williamson, Johannes Phokela, Zander Blom, Athi-Patra Ruga, Dan Halter and Georgina Gratrix amongst others. International superstars include Pascale Marthine Tayou and Francisco Vidal.  Photographic works feature prominently as a special section and include limited editioned prints by celebrated documentary photographers Alf Kumalo and David Goldblatt alongside incredible photographic works by artists like Mary Sibande, Ayana Jackson, Candice Breitz and the award-winning Mikhael Subotzky.

Leading the sale is a group of important and rare works by South African modern masters, most significantly a selection of expressive drawings by Dumile Feni and paintings by social realist George Pemba. The modern collection is complimented by a landscape painted by J.H. Pierneef and a beautifully rendered gouache by Irma Stern from 1951.


Preview: 10 to15 March

Mon-Fri: 8.30-4.30, Saturday: 10-2 or by appointment


Name: Sarah Sinisi
Email: sarah@aspireart.net
Telephone: +27 84 568 5639

Name: Ms Marelize Van Zyl
Email: marelize@aspireart.net
Telephone: +27 83 283 7427

Lot 1 - Louis Maqhubela (South Africa 1939-2021) Untitled

Sold for R238,980

Estimated at R100,000 - R150,000

Lot 5 - Cecil Skotnes (South Africa 1926-2009) Totems, diptych

Sold for R227,600

Estimated at R200,000 - R300,000

Lot 7 - Bettie Cilliers-Barnard (South Africa 1914-2010) Symbol of Man

Sold for R113,800

Estimated at R150,000 - R200,000

Lot 10 - John Meyer (South Africa 1942-) West from Middleburg

Sold for R85,350

Estimated at R80,000 - R120,000

Lot 13 - George Pemba (South Africa 1912-2001) The Poet

Sold for R443,820

Estimated at R350,000 - R500,000

Lot 14 - George Pemba (South Africa 1912-2001) Breakfast

Sold for R250,360

Estimated at R250,000 - R400,000

Lot 15 - Trevor Makhoba (South Africa 1956-2003) Special Prescription

Sold for R91,040

Estimated at R70,000 - R100,000

Lot 16 - Dumile Feni (South Africa 1939-1991) Ecstatic Dance

Sold for R318,640

Estimated at R300,000 - R500,000

Lot 17 - Dumile Feni (South Africa 1939-1991) Study: head and hands

Sold for R30,485

Estimated at R25,000 - R35,000

Lot 20 - Dumile Feni (South Africa 1939-1991) Dog and man

Sold for R25,000

Estimated at R35,000 - R50,000

Lot 24 - Irma Stern (South Africa 1894-1966) Strawberry Pickers

Sold for R796,600

Estimated at R700,000 - R900,000

Lot 26 - Esther Mahlangu (South Africa 1935-) Ndebele dwelling

Sold for R147,940

Estimated at R50,000 - R70,000

Lot 32 - Wim Botha (South Africa 1974-) Maquette for Wings II

Sold for R147,940

Estimated at R50,000 - R70,000

Lot 33 - Wim Botha (South Africa 1974-) Maquette for Wings III

Sold for R58,625

Estimated at R50,000 - R70,000

Lot 34 - Mary Sibande (South Africa 1982-) I am a Lady

Sold for R250,360

Estimated at R180,000 - R240,000

Lot 37 - Athi-Patra Ruga (South Africa 1984-) Somagwaza: Queenz Herald

Sold for R569,000

Estimated at R500,000 - R700,000

Lot 41 - Francisco Vidal (Portugal 1985-) Black Fire, New Spirits No.1

Sold for R121,500

Estimated at R150,000 - R200,000

Lot 46 - Kate Gottgens (South Africa 1965-) Softly Fall

Sold for R68,280

Estimated at R60,000 - R80,000

Lot 47 - Georgina Gratrix (South Africa 1982-) Mom and Daisy

Sold for R108,110

Estimated at R50,000 - R70,000

Lot 48 - Georgina Gratrix (South Africa 1982-) Mr Nice to Meet You

Sold for R364,160

Estimated at R300,000 - R500,000