Wed, 14th Sep 2022 18:00

20th Century & Contemporary Art

 
  Lot 20
 
Lot 20 - Penny Siopis (South Africa 1953-)

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Penny Siopis (South Africa 1953-)
Untitled

acrylic, pastel and wax crayon on Fabriano

Artwork date: 1998
Signature details: signed and dated bottom right

Sold for R307,260
Estimated at R250,000 - R350,000


Condition Report

The overall condition is good.

Recently restored. Paper adhered to backing mount. Paper slightly bent bottom right edge corner and in areas along top edge.

Frame has minor scratches and dents in areas. Professional restoration report upon request.

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.

 

acrylic, pastel and wax crayon on Fabriano

Artwork date: 1998
Signature details: signed and dated bottom right

(1)

115 x 140 cm; framed size: 143 x 113 x 4 cm

Provenance:

Private collection, Johannesburg.

Notes:

Created in the same year Penny Siopis presented her critically acclaimed solo exhibition Charmed Lives at Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg, this sensitively rendered drawing from 1998 stylistically references previous works from the artist’s ‘History Period’ such as Exempli Gratia (1989), and thematically prefigures some of her later works like Julia’s Friend (2007), and Spirit Matter (2016).

Penny Siopis’ work is marked by her interest in the physicality of her chosen medium, the accumulation of found objects, material memory, and the politics of the body. As an artist, and since the start of her career, she has also continually engaged with the shifting social and political situations in South Africa.

In this intimate, never-before seen drawing, the artist presents a nude female figure in frontal view, submerged in a vague and indistinct dark background. Her demeanour coy as her arms protectively fold across her chest, her face turned to the side while she strokes her hand through her long, loose hair. There is a sense of intimacy and personal closeness of experiences in the narratives of Siopis’ work, and with this drawing in particular, the viewer relates to the fragility of the subject. Siopis has had a longstanding interest in the poetics of vulnerability, and here a dialogue between history, associations of femininity, ‘the self’, private and public is at play.

The year after this drawing was made, Penny Siopis exhibited in La Memoire 99 at the Villa Medici in Rome alongside Christian Boltanski, Mary Kelly and Rem Koolhaas.

Early works by Siopis, especially from the 1990s, like this drawing, are scarce and highly sought after since they rarely come available to the market.

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NOTE:

Penny Siopis recently exhibited in Plural Possibilities and the Female Body at the Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington (2021); Witness: Afro Perspectives from the Jorge M. Pérez Collection at El Espacio 23 in Miami (2020); Global(e) Resistance at the Centre Pompidou in Paris (2020); Blinde Winkel / Blind Corner at Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz in Germany (2020); Indian Ocean Current: Six Artistic Narratives at the McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College, (2020) and I Am ... Contemporary Women Artists of Africa at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington DC, (2019).

In 2014/5, Penny Siopis’ major retrospective exhibition, Time and Again was presented at the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town and later at the Wits Museum of Art in Johannesburg.

Collections:

The artist is represented in numerous local and international collections, notably, Constitutional Court of South Africa, Johannesburg.; Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town.; Museum of Modern Art, Stockholm, Sweden.; Peter Stuyvesant Collection, Amsterdam, Netherlands and the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington, D.C., USA.

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Auction: 20th Century & Contemporary Art, Wed, 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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