Mon, 1st Nov 2021 18:00

Art, Life and Love: The Collection of Nwabisa Xayiya (Online Auction)

 
  Lot 34
 
Lot 34 - David Koloane (South Africa 1938-2019)

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David Koloane (South Africa 1938-2019)
Blue Cityscape

colour carborundum and drypoint etching

Artwork date: 2008
Signature details: signed, dated, numbered Printer's Press E.V I/III and inscribed with the title in pencil along the bottom margin
Edition: unique, varied print
Exhibited: David Krut Projects, Cape Town, David Koloane Prints and Monotypes, 2013.

(Qty: 1)

image size: 65 x 99 cm; framed size: 109.5 x 142 x 2 cm

Provenance:

David Krut Projects, Johannesburg.

Notes:

"In his latest exhibition of prints at David Krut Projects Cape Town, Koloane once again clearly articulates his views on South African society.

The exhibition consists of three large monotypes, one editioned varied print, and four smaller intaglio prints. The three monotypes are consistent with the direct and spontaneous markmaking of the traditional monotype. Koloane’s colour palette consists of reds, yellows, browns and acidic blue. One of the large monotypes, Cityscape with Moonlight, could perhaps signal a different direction in Koloane’s works, a breaking away from harsh markmaking toward a softer approach and a pastel colour palette of pinks, blues, and yellows.

Koloane was born in Alexandra Township, adjacent to the affluent suburb of Sandton, in 1938. He witnessed the dehumanising economic effects of the Group Areas Act that stripped his family of their primary source of income. The destruction of Koloane’s father’s tailor shop drew his attention to the evils of the apartheid system. Although Koloane’s father never witnessed the demise of the apartheid regime, Koloane has witnessed the birth and growing pains of our vulnerable democracy, visually translating it into the lives of everyday landscapes and people.

Nadine Gordimer writes, “Koloane’s interpretation of urban life has struggled and triumphed in finding different visions and modes, techniques, materials to express the huge oppressions, upheavals, and hard-won freedoms that have been epitomized in our cities’ sprawl” (Preface to TAXI 006 – David Koloane). In this collection of images, Koloane seems neither to condone nor criticise the phenomenon of urbanisation that has led to thousands of migrants leaving rural areas and disorderly African states for the unforgiving city of Johannesburg. The influx of refugees to South Africa, highlighted by the recent xenophobic attacks on foreign African nationals by South Africans that occurred several months after Koloane had completed the prints, illustrates the gravity of the situation.
The constant arrival and departure of commuters and displaced individuals looking for a better life indicates how the urban landscapes of South African cities are a microcosm for contemporary South African life."

References:

Tadjo, V. (2002). Taxi -006: David Koloane. Johannesburg: David Krut Publishing.

Taken from https://davidkrutprojects.com/exhibitions/24805/2008-6-7_david-koloane_ct [accessed 3 October 2021]

Sold for R32,830
Estimated at R10,000 - R15,000


Condition report

The overall condition is good. Minor cockling. Minor chips to frame edges.

Please note, we are not qualified conservators and these reports give our opinion as to the general condition of the works. We advise that bidders view the lots in person to satisfy themselves with the condition of prospective purchases.

 

colour carborundum and drypoint etching

Artwork date: 2008
Signature details: signed, dated, numbered Printer's Press E.V I/III and inscribed with the title in pencil along the bottom margin
Edition: unique, varied print
Exhibited: David Krut Projects, Cape Town, David Koloane Prints and Monotypes, 2013.

(Qty: 1)

image size: 65 x 99 cm; framed size: 109.5 x 142 x 2 cm

Provenance:

David Krut Projects, Johannesburg.

Notes:

"In his latest exhibition of prints at David Krut Projects Cape Town, Koloane once again clearly articulates his views on South African society.

The exhibition consists of three large monotypes, one editioned varied print, and four smaller intaglio prints. The three monotypes are consistent with the direct and spontaneous markmaking of the traditional monotype. Koloane’s colour palette consists of reds, yellows, browns and acidic blue. One of the large monotypes, Cityscape with Moonlight, could perhaps signal a different direction in Koloane’s works, a breaking away from harsh markmaking toward a softer approach and a pastel colour palette of pinks, blues, and yellows.

Koloane was born in Alexandra Township, adjacent to the affluent suburb of Sandton, in 1938. He witnessed the dehumanising economic effects of the Group Areas Act that stripped his family of their primary source of income. The destruction of Koloane’s father’s tailor shop drew his attention to the evils of the apartheid system. Although Koloane’s father never witnessed the demise of the apartheid regime, Koloane has witnessed the birth and growing pains of our vulnerable democracy, visually translating it into the lives of everyday landscapes and people.

Nadine Gordimer writes, “Koloane’s interpretation of urban life has struggled and triumphed in finding different visions and modes, techniques, materials to express the huge oppressions, upheavals, and hard-won freedoms that have been epitomized in our cities’ sprawl” (Preface to TAXI 006 – David Koloane). In this collection of images, Koloane seems neither to condone nor criticise the phenomenon of urbanisation that has led to thousands of migrants leaving rural areas and disorderly African states for the unforgiving city of Johannesburg. The influx of refugees to South Africa, highlighted by the recent xenophobic attacks on foreign African nationals by South Africans that occurred several months after Koloane had completed the prints, illustrates the gravity of the situation.
The constant arrival and departure of commuters and displaced individuals looking for a better life indicates how the urban landscapes of South African cities are a microcosm for contemporary South African life."

References:

Tadjo, V. (2002). Taxi -006: David Koloane. Johannesburg: David Krut Publishing.

Taken from https://davidkrutprojects.com/exhibitions/24805/2008-6-7_david-koloane_ct [accessed 3 October 2021]

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Auction: Art, Life and Love: The Collection of Nwabisa Xayiya (Online Auction), Mon, 1st Nov 2021

 

This October, 2021, we are honoured to present Art, Life and Love:  The Collection of Nwabisa Xayiya, a single owner auction showcasing the cultivated taste and style of Nwabisa Xayiya.

The full auction collection will be divided into two parts, giving bidders two separate opportunities to participate in the auction. The Live Auction will see 100 lots of exclusive highlights from the collection included in a catalogue sale going under the hammer in a live, physical and live-streamed auction on Sunday 31 October 2021 at 11am, and the remainder of the collection will be included in an Online-only Auction opening on Wednesday 20 October and closing on Monday 1 November

Viewing

Lots will be on view at the Xayiya residence: 63 4th Street, Houghton, Johannesburg
Saturday 23 October to Saturday 30 October from 10 am to 6 pm

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