17th Jul, 2017 17:00

Historic, Modern & Contemporary Art

Lot 155
Lot 155 - Moshekwa Langa (South Africa 1975-)


Moshekwa Langa (South Africa 1975-)
Basogadi I

mixed media, gouache and watercolour

Signature details: signed on the reverse

Sold for R318,304
Estimated at R200,000 - R300,000


mixed media, gouache and watercolour

Signature details: signed on the reverse


162 x 122 cm


Moshekwa Langa rose to prominence in the late 1990s, when, already based in Amsterdam, his abstract work across different media began making an impact on the international biennale circuit. Originally from the Limpopo region, his work is often informed by an oblique view of liminal social space in his homeland.Often titling his paintings and drawings for forgotten corners of the South African landscape, he has spoken of establishing, through his work, a kind of visual anthropology, which is much more interested in raising questions of representation than answering them. In the same way his abstractions often feature strings of words or dislocated phrases, in this context an evocation of a dreamlike state connected always to a physical reality, which is often to do with his homeland.The current work, Basogadi 1, named for an obscure rural area close to where the artist grew up, is one of several in which the colourful gouache and watercolour striations evoke a sense of excavation - of delving beneath into the reality of place through its abstraction. In the evocation of a place from his own origins, there is a cryptic connection between the work of art and a sense of liminal place and identity. As Langa has also said, such abstractions work much like poems. That is, as poetry does with language, they elliptically express a sense – whether of place, people, ideas – of these representations as gestures towards meanings, rather than illustrating meanings themselves. Across all the media he works in, Langa has maintained this elliptical and liminal sense, of work that conceals and suggests as much as it reveals.

James Sey

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Auction: Historic, Modern & Contemporary Art, 17th Jul, 2017

Aspire Art Auctions’ second Johannesburg sale offered a selection of some of the best works produced by local and international artists available on the local market. Offerings included Cameroonian-born, Belgium-based, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Chilean, Eugenio Dittborn, and South Africans, William Kentridge, Kendell Geers, Louis Maqhubela, Cecil Skotnes, Maggie Laubser, Irma Stern, and Mohau Modisakeng, amongst others.

The sale was led by an international auction record of R1 200 320 achieved for a drawing, Children under Apartheid, by exiled South African artist Dumile Feni, as well as the successful sale of top international lot Golden Mask by renowned performance artist Marina Abramović. 


Friday 14 July 2017 | 10 am – 7 pm
Saturday 15 July 2017 | 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday 16 July 2017 | 10 am – 4 pm

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