Sun, 25th Mar 2018 18:00

Historic, Modern & Contemporary Art

Lot 152
Lot 152 - Wim Botha (South Africa 1974-)


Wim Botha (South Africa 1974-)
Prism 1

bronze on a wooden base

Artwork date: 2011
Exhibited: Stevenson, Johannesburg, FNB Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg, 23 to 25 September 2011.

Sold for R454,720
Estimated at R300,000 - R500,000

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bronze on a wooden base

Artwork date: 2011
Exhibited: Stevenson, Johannesburg, FNB Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg, 23 to 25 September 2011.


bronze: 65 x 83 x 52 cm; wooden base: 110 x 73.5 x 37.5 cm; total height: 175 cm


Wim Botha works across different media, but is primarily a sculptor. He is highy respected in the field, having been the recipient of many prestigious awards in his career so far, including the Standard Bank Young Artist and Tollman awards. He also exhibits widely, both in South Africa and in Europe. His sculptural work is marked by his ability to bend his materials to the depiction of highly charged kinesis. In doing so, he ranges beyond conventional media such as bronze and wood, incorporating everything from polystyrene to compacted and carved books in order to provide his work with the necessary conceptual underpinning and energy.This pair of bronze busts, from 2011, are the first in the Prism series, a range of sculptures brought together by a similar evocation of dynamism and temporality. The title of the series alludes to Botha’s use of other artistic media in the conceptual armature of his sculptures – in particular painting, where colour and light stand in for the dimension of time and the depiction of movement.These busts, at the beginning of the series of this title, thus represent a kind of template for later work. Their balancing between abstraction and figuration, and the compelling way in which they capture motion and temporality in the traditional medium of bronze, provides an important pointer to much of the artist’s subsequent work.

James Sey

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Auction: Historic, Modern & Contemporary Art, Sun, 25th Mar 2018

Aspire Art Auctions brought a unique offering to their second auction in the Cape allowing buyers to add quality and rarity to their collections.

Headlining the success of the auction was as a rare intaglio by Alexis Preller, Gold Angel (Arêté), which sold for R4 638 400. The piece was part of Preller’s last body of work shown at the Goodman Gallery in 1975, and took its place alongside the sale of his mid-period work, the exquisite small study Still life with Vase and Carved Head, which sold for R811 720. Other auction highlights included work by contemporary artists Robert Hodgins, Athi-Patra Ruga, Zander Blom, and Penny Siopis and sculpture by Deborah Bell, Willem Boshoff, Wim Botha, and Amadlozi alumnus Sydney Kumalo.


Friday 23 March 2018 | 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday 24 March 2018 | 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday 25 March 2018 | 10 am – 3 pm

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