4th Mar, 2021 19:00

Modern & Contemporary Art

Lot 47
Lot 47 - Angus Taylor (South Africa 1970-)


Angus Taylor (South Africa 1970-)
Standing man

Belfast granite on a steel ligature

Sold for R228,290
Estimated at R200,000 - R300,000


Belfast granite on a steel ligature


260 x 147 x 94 cm including base


Throughout history stone has been the medium of monuments, from the colossal granite image of King Ramesses II to the Italian Renaissance’s David. The masters have appreciated the many qualities varying stones brought to the creative process, but not until recent times has the raw, unrefined character of stone been celebrated in the art canon. Angus Taylor does not deter from the inherent materiality of his mediums, he draws inspiration from them. In Standing man, granite appears unadulterated as if summoned from the earth rather than by the hand of Donatello; Taylor creates a figure from stone without employing the traditional method of mallet and chisel. Standing 2.6 metres tall, the heavy weight of granite rocks is strategically balanced, suspended and affixed by steel rods to form this striking monument of a figure. In keeping with South Africa’s great contemporary sculptors, Taylor continues to ambitiously push the use of traditional mediums in new refreshing ways. Standing man was exhibited at Angus Taylor’s solo exhibition Deduct at the University of Johannesburg Art Gallery in 2006. Since starting his career in the mid 90s, he has exhibited locally and internationally, notably in Australia and London. In 2017, Taylor was awarded the Helgaard Steyn Award for Sculpture.

Joshua Stanley

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Auction: Modern & Contemporary Art, 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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