Thu, 4th Mar 2021 19:00

Modern & Contemporary Art

Lot 33
Lot 33 - Isaac Julien (United Kingdom 1960-)


Isaac Julien (United Kingdom 1960-)
Chameleon (Ten Thousand Waves)

endura ultra photograph, diasec mounted

Artwork date: 2010
Signature details: accompanied by a certificate of authenticity

Sold for R683,490
Estimated at R600,000 - R800,000


endura ultra photograph, diasec mounted

Artwork date: 2010
Signature details: accompanied by a certificate of authenticity


180 x 240 x 7.5 cm


Internationally acclaimed artist Isaac Julien is renowned for his immersive, large-scale cinematic installations and multi-media works that pioneered the dialogue around cultural politics. A first to the South African market, this alluring, large-scale photographic work is part of the artist’s epic multi-media project, Ten Thousand Waves. Originally inspired by the 2004 Morcambe Bay tragedy, and shot on location in China in the remote Guangxi province and at the famous Shanghai Film Studios, Julien casts Maggie Cheung—the Hong Kong-based actress—as the ghostly protagonist in a series of meticulously staged, dramatic settings and fictional scenes. The work poetically weaves together stories of the past and present to explore the movement of people across countries and continents as a comment on journeys not completed.Ten Thousand Waves premiered in 2010 at Victoria Miro Gallery, London. Since then, it has been shown in various prestigious art institutions around the world—including MoMA in New York and the Pompidou Centre in Paris. In 2017, the work was displayed at Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town as part of the inaugural exhibition, All things being equal…. A catalogue documenting the Ten Thousand Waves project was published by Metro Pictures, New York and Victoria Miro Gallery, London. In 2017, Julien was invited to participate in the 57th Venice Biennale at the inaugural Diaspora Pavilion and in 2015, he exhibited in the 56th Venice Biennale curated by Okwui Enwezor. Julien’s work is included in the collections of Tate, London; MoMA, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC; the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris; the LUMA Foundation, Arles; the Kramlich Collection, California; and Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town.

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Auction: Modern & Contemporary Art, Thu, 4th Mar 2021

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.

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