Sun, 3rd Mar 2019 12:00

Historic, Modern & Contemporary Art

 
Lot 67
 
Lot 67 - Moshekwa Langa (South Africa 1975-)

67

Moshekwa Langa (South Africa 1975-)
the cyclone that never abates

acrylic, watercolour, ink and thread on paper

Signature details: inscribed with the title

Sold for R455,200
Estimated at R280,000 - R360,000


Condition Report

Cockling, pin holes in corners, otherwise good.

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acrylic, watercolour, ink and thread on paper

Signature details: inscribed with the title

(1)

138 x 100 cm

Notes:

Since the early 1990s, Moshekwa Langa’s art has been consistently elusive; on the run. Prominent American curator Hamza Walker characterized it as “consciously cryptic”.[1] Late art critic Colin Richards also weighed in, describing it as “cryptic and diaristic, his aesthetic one of wit and whimsy, a sharp feel for the game and a devotion to keeping on the move”.[2] Langa himself has described his work as being “sparked by so many different things that it is very, very possible to have more than 10 things at once because they are prompted by different desires and different needs”. [3] The painting at hand, The cyclone that never abates, expresses just that. A watery crimson hue drapes down from the top, interrupted by a microscopic cursively written inscription, “the cyclone that never abates”. The title suggests turmoil and disquiet, but the painting depicts no traces of destruction. However, it would be negligent to claim that what visually unfolds before us is ‘simple’ despite it seeming so. Here, existence itself appears merely abstracted, surrealistic, and prevaricating. Human figures, creatures, animals, boats, airplanes, birds, ships, and residencies are cartographically dispersed across the picture plane in ways that flatten the space. Dumile Feni’s The African Guernica comes to mind here, except Langa refuses us the comfort of a narrative arc. His characters and scenes, always childlike, have no clearly visible relation to each other or the viewer.There’s no intelligible disaster in this cyclone then, but instead, there’s a compositional and formal recalcitrance. A disaster is immanent in the very visual properties of the work itself. The discordant palette of turbid greys spread unevenly across the lemony acrylic, touches of watercolour, and the faint blues and pinks of woolen thread textures present a disturbing disharmony. We can sense a disaster but

Athi Mongezeleli Joja

Sources:

[1] Walker H. (2003). Moshekwa Langa: The Global Village Revisited. in Fault Lines: Contemporary African Art and Shifting Landscapes, edited by Gilane Tawadros and Sarah Campbell. London: inIVA.

[2] Richards C. (2004). Aftermath: Value and Violence in Contemporary South Africa Art. in Antinomies of Art and Culture: Modernity, Postmodernity, Contemporaneity. Edited by Terry Smith, et al. Durham: Duke University Press.

[3] Ellipses Exhibition Outline. https://www.stevenson.info/exhibition/44. Accessed 15 January 2019.

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Auction: Historic, Modern & Contemporary Art, Sun, 3rd Mar 2019

Aspire Art Auctions set a new bar for the market in its Autumn 19 Auction in Cape Town, with a South African auction record for its cover lot.

An early work, by international star Marlene Dumas, Love Lost (1973/4) achieved R7 283 200, more than doubling its pre-sale estimate of R3 000 000. Further successful sales included a range of paintings by Alexis Preller from across his career, and new world records for work by Jane Alexander, Simphiwe Ndzube, and Moshekwa Langa. These results further establish Aspire’s growing reputation as the discerning auction house for handling contemporary South African art.  

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