Mon, 31st Oct 2016 20:00

Historic, Modern & Contemporary Art

 
Lot 78
 
Lot 78 - Pieter Hugo (South Africa 1976-)

78

Pieter Hugo (South Africa 1976-)
Animal handler with Ajasco, Lagos, Nigeria, 2007 (From the 'Gadawana Kura' - The Hyena Men Series II)

C-Print, printed in New York, mounted on aluminium in a white box frame

Artwork date: 2007
Signature details: accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.
Edition: edition number 2/5
Exhibited: Michael Stevenson Fine Art, Cape Town.
Literature: Hugo, P. (intro) and Abiola, A. (essay). (2007). The Hyena and Other Men. Munich: Prestel, another example from the edition illustrated in colour, unpaginated.

Sold for R204,624
Estimated at R180,000 - R240,000


 

C-Print, printed in New York, mounted on aluminium in a white box frame

Artwork date: 2007
Signature details: accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.
Edition: edition number 2/5
Exhibited: Michael Stevenson Fine Art, Cape Town.
Literature: Hugo, P. (intro) and Abiola, A. (essay). (2007). The Hyena and Other Men. Munich: Prestel, another example from the edition illustrated in colour, unpaginated.

(1)

sheet size: 172.7 x 172.7 cm, unframed

Notes:

Photographer Pieter Hugo was born 1976 in Johannesburg and lives in Cape Town. Major museum solo exhibitions have taken place at The Hague Museum of Photography, Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, MAXXI in Rome and the Institute of Modern Art Brisbane, among others. Hugo has participated in numerous group exhibitions at institutions including Tate Modern, the Folkwang Museum, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian and the São Paulo Bienal. His work is represented in prominent public and private collections, among them the Museum of Modern Art, V&A Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, J Paul Getty Museum, Walther Collection and Huis Marseille. Hugo received the Discovery Award at the Rencontres d’Arles Festival and the KLM Paul Huf Award in 2008, the Seydou Keita Award at the Rencontres de Bamako African Photography Biennial in 2011, and was shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2012.

Hugo has established a reputation as a fearless and uncompromising photographer. This photograph was taken on his second trip to Nigeria, travelling with and photographing the animal handlers and their way of life. He describes the experience in the monograph, Pieter Hugo: The Hyena and Other Men. Of the many responses to this body of work, he has said, “Europeans invariably only ask about the welfare of the animals but this question misses the point. Instead, perhaps, we could ask why these performers need to catch wild animals to make a living. Or why they are economically marginalised. Or why Nigeria, the world's sixth largest exporter of oil, is in such a state of disarray” (Hugo 2007).

In Sean O’Toole’s opinion, “Hugo’s magnetic portraits demand attention. They are, quite simply, hard to ignore. The compulsion to look, to not turn away, is, I think, an outcome of his work’s pin-sharp formalism, craftsman-like finesse, acute silence and exaggerated pageantry, the latter often an outcome of simply placing a human subject within a square frame” (O’Toole 2011).

Emma Bedford

Sources:

Hugo, P. (2007) The Dog’s Master. In Pieter Hugo: The Hyena and Other Men. Prestel. http://archive.stevenson.info/exhibitions/hugo/nigeria_index2.htm [Accessed 5 September 2016]

O’Toole, S. (05.05.2011). ‘Permanent Error’. In Mahala. http://www.mahala.co.za/art/permanent-error/ [Accessed 5 September 2016]

You can place an absentee bid through our website - please sign in to your account on our website to proceed.

In the My Account tab you can also enter telephone bids, or email bids@aspireart.net to log telephone/absentee bids.

Join us on the day of the auction to follow and bid in real-time.

The auction will be live-streamed with an audio-visual feed.

Auction: Historic, Modern & Contemporary Art, Mon, 31st Oct 2016

The line-up for our inaugural sale included an extraordinary selection of art. Works ranged from JH Pierneef’s breathtaking Karoo near Hofmeyer, painted in 1930, to Dan Halter’s 2006, ultraviolet light, Pefection. 

Sculptures varied from Edoardo Villa’s acknowledgment of French artist, Aristide Maillol to Wim Botha’s heads that draw on classical and contemporary sources and Ed Young’s cheeky nude self-portrait. Also included were impressive photographs by award-winners, David Goldblatt and Pieter Hugo.

The auction set an impressive standard, with an outstanding sell-through rate of over 75% across 121 lots. The top lot of the sale was Alexis Preller’s exceptional Profile Figures (Mirrored Image), selling for over  R7-million. Record sales were achieved for Villa, Goldblatt, and Hugo, amongst others.

Viewing

Friday 28 October 2016 | 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday 28 October 2016 | 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday 28 October 2016 | 10 am – 4 pm

 

View all lots in this sale

Images *

Drag and drop .jpg images here to upload, or click here to select images.


 

IMPORTANT NOTICE:


 

Logistics

While we endeavour to assist our Clients as much as possible, we require artwork(s) to be delivered and/or collected from our premises by the Client. In instances where a Client is unable to deliver or collect artwork(s), Aspire staff is available to assist in this process by outsourcing the services to one of our preferred Service Providers. The cost for this will be for the Client’s account, with an additional Handling Fee of 15% charged on top of the Service Provider’s invoice.

Aspire Art provides inter-company transfer services for its Clients between Johannesburg and Cape Town branches. These are based on the size of the artwork(s), and charged as follows:

Small (≤60x90x10 cm): R400

Medium (≤90x120x15 cm): R800

Large (≤120x150x20 cm): R1,200

Over-size: Special quote

 

Should artwork(s) be collected or delivered to/from Clients by Aspire Art directly, the following charges will apply:

Collection/delivery ≤20km: R400

Collection/delivery 20km>R800≤50km

Collection/delivery >50km: Special quote

 

Packaging

A flat fee of R100 will be added to the invoice for packaging of unframed works on paper.

 


International Collectors Shipping Package

For collectors based outside South Africa who purchase regularly from Aspire Art’s auctions in South Africa, it does not make sense to ship artworks individually or per auction and pay shipping every time you buy another work. Consequently, we have developed a special collectors’ shipping package to assist in reducing shipping costs and the constant demands of logistics arrangements.

For buyers from outside South Africa, we will keep the artworks you have purchased in storage during the year and then ship all the works you have acquired during the year together, so the shipping costs are reduced. At the end of the annual period, we will source various quotes to get you the best price, and ship all your artworks to your desired address at once.

Aspire Art will arrange suitable storage during, and cost-effective shipping at the end, of the annual period.

 


Collections

Collections are by appointment, with 24-hours’ notice

Clients are requested to contact the relevant office and inform Aspire Art of which artwork(s) they would like to collect, and allow a 24-hour window for Aspire Art’s logistics department to retrieve the artwork(s) and prepare them for collection.

 


Handling Fee

Aspire Art charges a 15% Handling Fee on all Logistics, Framing, Restoration and Conservation arranged by Aspire.