30th Nov, 2022 18:00

20th Century & Contemporary Art

Lot 1
Lot 1 - Mustafa Maluka (South Africa 1976-)


Mustafa Maluka (South Africa 1976-)

acrylic and oil on canvas

Artwork date: 2012
Signature details: signed, dated and inscribed with the artist name and the title on the reverse

Sold for R136,560
Estimated at R150,000 - R200,000


acrylic and oil on canvas

Artwork date: 2012
Signature details: signed, dated and inscribed with the artist name and the title on the reverse


60 x 50 x 2 cm


Private Collection, Johannesburg.

Acquired directly from the artist.


In Focus, Mustafa Maluka presents a vivid portrait visually embodying ongoing discourses around the fluidity of identity (especially within the African diaspora) – be that race, socio-cultural or sexual.

In 2012, the same year this painting was produced, Maluka presented a solo exhibition Dialectical Continuum at Galerie Sébastien Bertrand in Geneva, Switzerland and also formed part of the group show Flying at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, Germany.

Before that in 2008, Maluka formed part of the seminal group exhibition Flow which was held at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York. Curated by Christine Y. Kim, the exhibition was a survey of new work by twenty emerging artists of African descent who lived and worked across Africa, Europe and North America at the time, and included Mustafa Maluka alongside, now current leading contemporary stars; Moshekwa Langa, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Otobong Nkanga, Mounir Fatim and Michele Magema among others. Coming of age after the mid-century movements for national liberation in Africa, this generation has witnessed significant political, economic and social shifts.

Flow reviewed the multiple ways people, resources, cultures and ideas move - the concept organized around a continent that has been shaped by a history of mobility and displacement. This concept encapsulates the core subject of Mustafa Maluka’s vibrant, and at times flamboyant, portraits.


The artist is represented in numerous local and international collections, notably, the Burger Collection, Hong Kong; North Carolina Museum of Art, North Carolina; Jimenez-Colon Collection, Puerto Rico and the Terrana Collection, New York.

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Auction: 20th Century & Contemporary Art, 30th Nov, 2022


The focused sale brings to market 84 highly collectable lots, with the diverse collection showcasing highlights by modern masters including magnificent still-life compositions and a Zanzibari boat scene by Irma Stern, an Alexis Preller abstract and an early JH Pierneef landscape. Also included is a significant collection of celebrated contemporary artists: Mustafa Maluka, David Koloane, Walter Oltmann, Norman Catherine, Willem Boshoff, a rare self-portrait oil by Robert Hodgins as well as a large bronze sculpture by Zanele Muholi, the first of this new body of work to be offered on auction.
The sale features a special selection of artworks by William Kentridge. One of the most celebrated and influential living artists today, his major retrospective exhibition is currently on show at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. This is one of the most unique and high-quality Kentridge collections to come to market. Spanning his career and showcasing the many mediums in which he works, the sale features signature charcoal drawings alongside collages, tapestry, prints and sculptures.

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