14th Sep, 2022 18:00

20th Century & Contemporary Art

  Lot 2
Lot 2 - William Kentridge (South Africa 1955-)


William Kentridge (South Africa 1955-)
Untitled (black chair)

sugarlift aquatint with hand-painting printed on tosha washi paper chine collé

Artwork date: 2010
Signature details: signed and numbered 'Printers Proof' II/II in pencil in the margin

Sold for R91,040
Estimated at R80,000 - R120,000


sugarlift aquatint with hand-painting printed on tosha washi paper chine collé

Artwork date: 2010
Signature details: signed and numbered 'Printers Proof' II/II in pencil in the margin


sheet size: 45 x 45 cm; framed size: 69 x 69 x 4 cm


Private collection, KwaZulu-Natal.


This work forms part of the West Coast Landscapes series.

"Two of the South Africa’s rarest types of wines are being made from vines, planted around 1900, to form a collection of six wines being made by Eben Sadie of Sadie Family Wines, a small, prestigious winery based in the southern Swartland, inland from Elands Bay on the Cape West Coast of South Africa. The collection will be called the Ouwingerdreeks (Old Vine Series), the labels for which were created by William Kentridge. The six labels are a combination of inkwash drawings and collage. Alongside these drawings Kentridge created a small series of five etchings that build upon and modify the imagery of the labels. These etchings were originated by the artist in collaboration with Master Printer Jillian Ross and David Krut Workshop (DKW), and editioned by Ross and her assistants.

The images of the prints were inspired by the visual and historical landscape of the Swartland region, and other valleys far up the West Coast in the Olifants Rivier region, where the vines were located. The prints were created through the full utilisation of techniques available to a printmaker. Delicate drypoint lines swirl through washes and splashes of pale grey spitbite aquatint, combined with the deep and solid marks of sugarlift aquatint and hardground etched lines. Handpainting, burnishing and attached fragile chine collé resolve the prints.

The imagery of the prints will be familiar to followers of Kentridge’s work. The humanised objects proceeding across the landscape are reminiscent of works such as Portage (2000) and those of L’Insorabile Avanzata (2007), while reimagining these object-figures within the landscape of the Swartland and the tools of wine-making: the secateurs that cut the fattened bunches of grapes from the vines, and the windmill that pumps life-giving water to the maturing vines. Alongside these two figures, there is a third: the world marching through the landscape on electric pylon legs. The two remaining images in the series re-imagine images that have appeared with Kentridge’s oeuvre previously: a South African landscape rich in connotations of colonization and embodied history, and a nude figure, gazed upon by the viewer as she undresses within the encircling arms of an imposing black chair." [1]

[1] David Krut Projects [available: https://davidkrutprojects.com/46317/west-coast-landscapes-by-william-kentridge]




The artist is represented in numerous international collections, notably, Museum of Modern Art, New York.; Tate Modern, London.; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California and The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Chicago.

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Auction: 20th Century & Contemporary Art, 14th Sep, 2022


Aspire Art will impress collectors with this focused, boutique-style auction. Including 81 carefully selected lots the sale boasts impressive examples by many of South Africa’s most celebrated artists. A fine selection of William Kentridge works, including two original drawings, Eduardo Villa sculptures, painting by Robert Hodgins and Walter Battiss and a wonderful early Penny Siopis drawing are on offer.

Also featured are two special sections – Black Modernism and Photography. Aspire has firmly cemented itself as a champion of both these collecting segments and collectors will be spoilt for choice with a rare drawing by Dumile Feni as well as works by other modernists including Gerard Sekoto, George Pemba and Lucas Sithole and photographs by David Goldblatt, Mohau Modisakeng and Simphiwe Ndzube amongst others.


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