Tue, 30th Nov 2021 18:00

Modern & Contemporary Art | Johannesburg

 
  Lot 19
 
Lot 19 - Kate Gottgens (South Africa 1965-)

19

Kate Gottgens (South Africa 1965-)
The Abstractor

oil on canvas

Artwork date: 2018
Signature details: signed and dated on the reverse
Exhibited: Sydney Contemporary, Carriageworks, Sydney, SMAC Gallery (Solo Booth A09), 13 to 16 September 2018.
Literature: Art of Choice (online), Kate Gottgens plays with Fragmentation and Disjointedness, written by Emma Grayson, 9 March 2020 [Available at https://www.artofchoice.co/kate-gottgens-plays-with-fragmentation-and-disjointedness/]

(Qty: 1)

150 x 150 x 2.5 cm

Provenance:

Private collection, Johannesburg.

SMAC Gallery, Cape Town.

Notes:

Vivid and visually buoyant, The Abstractor was the cover work for Kate Gottgens’ solo presentation at Sydney Contemporary in 2018. In the exhibition titled Cold Cuts, Gottgens continued her thematic exploration in the vernacular of suburban life, delivering a body of work that offered a “raw and fleshy analysis of the New World middle class at play”[1].

In this strikingly enigmatic work, made up of various individual parts, Gottgens masterfully creates an interrelated, yet incongruous, dreamscape. Stylistically, she effortlessly combines and moves between abstraction and figuration, expressive colour-fields to background minimalism which results in a kind of contemporary ‘magic realism’.

Mainly dealing with ideas surrounding family, memory, history, loss and the emotional remnants of a time gone by, Gottgens draws inspiration from old photographs to produce her atmospheric compositions which oscillate between evocative impressions of the past, present and imagined future.

About this work, the artist recently commented: “One of my favourite paintings is from 2018, The Abstractor. The background was made from looking at photographs of abandoned ‘Borcht belt’ resort swimming pools. The foreground figure was taken from an image of a man reading a newspaper on the beach. The rest is process…”[2].

An established painter who has received increased critical recognition in recent years, Kate Gottgens was selected for the prestigious Thames & Hudson publication, 100 Painters of Tomorrow in 2014 and her work was exhibited at One Art Space in New York as part of the exhibition to launch the publication.

Marelize van Zyl

[1] [Online] SMAC Gallery, 2018, Kate Gottgens, Cold Cuts, Exhibition Portfolio [Available at: https://www.smacgallery.com/art-fairs/sydney-contemporary-%7C-2018]

[2] Kate Gottgens, Instagram, 21 July 2021.

Sold for R250,360
Estimated at R120,000 - R160,000


Condition report

The overall condition is excellent.

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oil on canvas

Artwork date: 2018
Signature details: signed and dated on the reverse
Exhibited: Sydney Contemporary, Carriageworks, Sydney, SMAC Gallery (Solo Booth A09), 13 to 16 September 2018.
Literature: Art of Choice (online), Kate Gottgens plays with Fragmentation and Disjointedness, written by Emma Grayson, 9 March 2020 [Available at https://www.artofchoice.co/kate-gottgens-plays-with-fragmentation-and-disjointedness/]

(Qty: 1)

150 x 150 x 2.5 cm

Provenance:

Private collection, Johannesburg.

SMAC Gallery, Cape Town.

Notes:

Vivid and visually buoyant, The Abstractor was the cover work for Kate Gottgens’ solo presentation at Sydney Contemporary in 2018. In the exhibition titled Cold Cuts, Gottgens continued her thematic exploration in the vernacular of suburban life, delivering a body of work that offered a “raw and fleshy analysis of the New World middle class at play”[1].

In this strikingly enigmatic work, made up of various individual parts, Gottgens masterfully creates an interrelated, yet incongruous, dreamscape. Stylistically, she effortlessly combines and moves between abstraction and figuration, expressive colour-fields to background minimalism which results in a kind of contemporary ‘magic realism’.

Mainly dealing with ideas surrounding family, memory, history, loss and the emotional remnants of a time gone by, Gottgens draws inspiration from old photographs to produce her atmospheric compositions which oscillate between evocative impressions of the past, present and imagined future.

About this work, the artist recently commented: “One of my favourite paintings is from 2018, The Abstractor. The background was made from looking at photographs of abandoned ‘Borcht belt’ resort swimming pools. The foreground figure was taken from an image of a man reading a newspaper on the beach. The rest is process…”[2].

An established painter who has received increased critical recognition in recent years, Kate Gottgens was selected for the prestigious Thames & Hudson publication, 100 Painters of Tomorrow in 2014 and her work was exhibited at One Art Space in New York as part of the exhibition to launch the publication.

Marelize van Zyl

[1] [Online] SMAC Gallery, 2018, Kate Gottgens, Cold Cuts, Exhibition Portfolio [Available at: https://www.smacgallery.com/art-fairs/sydney-contemporary-%7C-2018]

[2] Kate Gottgens, Instagram, 21 July 2021.

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Auction: Modern & Contemporary Art | Johannesburg, Tue, 30th Nov 2021

 

A focused collection of top historical, modern and contemporary artworks, this boutique-style sale presents impressive examples of South Africa’s best-known artists at auction. Included is a wonderful oil on canvas still-life by Irma Stern painted in 1936, an exquisite equestrian painting by Tretchikoff, 4 early watercolours by George Pemba, a monumental Villa from 1976 and 6 superb lots by William Kentridge. Also on offer are impressive contemporary works by Kate Gottgens, Phillemon Hlungwani, Wim Botha and Banele Khoza, amongst others.

Notably, the sale also includes works from the collection of the world-renowned Handspring Puppet Company. This collection maps much of the company’s creative, personal and professional journey and includes works by Kentridge, Pemba, Simon Stone and Zanele Muholi, amongst others.

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