Fri, 14th Feb 2020 20:00

Aspire X PIASA | Modern & Contemporary African Art

Lot 66
Lot 66 - Wim Botha (South Africa 1974-)


Wim Botha (South Africa 1974-)
Portrait VI

carved Afrikaans bibles and wood with stainless steel rods

Artwork date: 2009

Sold for R398,300
Estimated at R250,000 - R350,000

Condition Report

The overall condition is good.

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carved Afrikaans bibles and wood with stainless steel rods

Artwork date: 2009


bust: 65 x 34 x 32 cm; including rods: 130 x 34 x 32 cm


Wim Botha manipulates medium and form, amalgamating the beauty of the Renaissance and the movement and violence of Futurism, to create works that emanate from his continued ontological questioning. Botha started carving bibles in 2001 for his poignant work, commune: suspension of disbelief. He has since continued with this medium, developing its conceptual addition to the physical form. For Portrait IV, the artist carves stacked Afrikaans Bibles (Bybels), to depict a portrait of a person asleep, deceased or caught breathless. The bust is adorned with a ruff and frilled collar, a garment popular with nobility and the bourgeoisie in the 16th century which forced the wearer into a strict haughty posture, an apt analogy given the medium.Wim Botha is one of South Africa’s most revered contemporary sculptors and has exhibited worldwide at renowned galleries and museums, including North Carolina Museum of Art, USA (2019), Galerie Hans Mayer, Germany (2017) and Fondation Blachère, France (2016). In 2018, the Norval Art Foundation in Cape Town presented Heliostat, Botha’s large-scale solo exhibition, which included key works from the last two decades.

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Auction: Aspire X PIASA | Modern & Contemporary African Art, Fri, 14th Feb 2020

Aspire Art Auctions partnered with Paris-based house Piasa, to introduce an Africa-focused auction presenting some of the best examples of modern and contemporary art produced on this continent. This was the first time an African and European auction house partnered to present a sale of African art, in Africa, for a global audience. 

The sale included 139 artists representing 27 countries from Africa and the diaspora and spotlighted key collecting segments from 20th century modernism to contemporary production and photography. The lead-lot, Marlene Dumas’ Oktober 1973 achieved a stellar R7,055,600 well above its high estimate of R3-5 million. Also on offer were some of the most in-demand African artists including Chéri Samba, Aboudia Abdoulaye Diarrassouba, Gareth Nyandoro, Mustafa Maluka and William Kentridge.

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