6th Mar, 2024 18:00

20th Century & Contemporary Art

Lot 38
Lot 38 - Igshaan  Adams (South Africa 1982-)


Igshaan Adams (South Africa 1982-)

braided nylon rope, beads and cotton twine

Artwork date: 2018

Sold for R343,125
Estimated at R300,000 - R500,000


braided nylon rope, beads and cotton twine

Artwork date: 2018


125 x 90 x 1.5 cm


Private collection, Cape Town.

The Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town, Cape Town, Art For Auction - The Women's Platform at Scalabrini, 12 May to 6 June 2021, lot 4.


Igshaan Adams’ intricate and captivating tapestries reflect his personal experiences, cultural heritage and spirituality while carrying themes of identity, religion and community within each piece.

Created from a combination of various materials including found fabrics, rope, beads, and other mixed media with traditional hand-weaving methods, the current work is a beautiful example of Adams’ richly textured and poetic, abstract works. Here, the materials are meticulously woven together to create a complex pattern and composition that presents layers of meaning in each woven thread.

Adams’ tapestries stand as a testament to his skill as a brilliant artist and his ability to create visually stunning works that resonate on both a personal and universal level.


  • Igshaan Admas was the 2018 Standard Bank Young Artist for Visual Art. His large-scale exhibition When the Dust Settles first opened at the Standard Bang Gallery in Johannesburg and later travelled nationwide to major museums and institutions including the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town.
  • That same prolific year Adams also featured in the international group exhibitions; Soft Power at Transpalette in Bourges, France; In This Imperfect Present Moment at the Seattle Art Museum, USA; Ravelled Threads at Sean Kelly Gallery in New York; and Da Uno a Dieci at Galleria Massimo Minini in Brescia, Italy amongst others.
  • Recent solo presentations include Primêre Wentelbaan at Thomas Dane Gallery, London in 2023; Vastrapplek at Casey Kaplan Gallery, New York and Desired Lines at The Art Institute of Chicago, both in 2022.
  • Adams also recently exhibited in Woven Histories: Textiles and Modern Abstractions, at LACMA in Los Angeles and Choreographies of the Impossible, at the São Paulo Biennale in 2023. He is set to show in Unravel: The Power and Politics of Textiles in Art at the Barbican Art Gallery, in 2024.
  • The highest price achieved for the artist’s work at auction is $88 200 for the For Those Who Know (2019) in New York in 2021.


The artist is represented in numerous local collections, notably, the Guggenheim Museum, New York; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; The Art Institute of Chicago; Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore; Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town; Minneapolis Institute of Art and the University of Cape Town Art Collection.

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