Sun, 31st Oct 2021 11:00

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

 
  Lot 26
 
Lot 26 - Gerard Sekoto (South Africa 1913-1993)

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Gerard Sekoto (South Africa 1913-1993)
Woman wearing a headscarf

oil on board

Artwork date: 1962
Signature details: signed and dated bottom right

(Qty: 1)

59 x 48 cm; framed size: 85.5 x 74 x 3.5 cm

Provenance:

Everard Read, Johannesburg.

Es’kia Mphahlele collection.

Gifted directly from the artist.

Notes:

Gerard Sekoto was a South African artist and musician with a deep affinity for human subjects – an affinity which is reflected in his sensitive portraits. Portraiture became a defining motif of the artist’s artistic mission and practice and there are a number of wonderful examples in the Nwabisa Xayiya collection.

Woman wearing a headscarf, dated 1962, belongs to Sekoto’s ‘Blue’ period which lasted from around 1960 to as late as 1968, although by that time his interests had started to shift as a result of his extended trip to Senegal in 1966-1967. It follows a series of blue works painted in celebration of Miriam Makeba whose fame was growing and reigniting hope among South Africans reeling from news of the Sharpeville Massacre, especially those in exile like Sekoto. In 1960 Makeba had arrived in New York with the cast of King Kong. She was interviewed by Time magazine and Sekoto was inspired to make a small ballpoint pen drawing of her which he simply titled, Miriam Makeba. This work acted as a precursor to an energetic collection of portraits of men and women – painted in a palette of blues, browns, black and white – and now collectively referred to as The Blue Heads series.

Estimate
R350,000 - R500,000
 

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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

 

oil on board

Artwork date: 1962
Signature details: signed and dated bottom right

(Qty: 1)

59 x 48 cm; framed size: 85.5 x 74 x 3.5 cm

Provenance:

Everard Read, Johannesburg.

Es’kia Mphahlele collection.

Gifted directly from the artist.

Notes:

Gerard Sekoto was a South African artist and musician with a deep affinity for human subjects – an affinity which is reflected in his sensitive portraits. Portraiture became a defining motif of the artist’s artistic mission and practice and there are a number of wonderful examples in the Nwabisa Xayiya collection.

Woman wearing a headscarf, dated 1962, belongs to Sekoto’s ‘Blue’ period which lasted from around 1960 to as late as 1968, although by that time his interests had started to shift as a result of his extended trip to Senegal in 1966-1967. It follows a series of blue works painted in celebration of Miriam Makeba whose fame was growing and reigniting hope among South Africans reeling from news of the Sharpeville Massacre, especially those in exile like Sekoto. In 1960 Makeba had arrived in New York with the cast of King Kong. She was interviewed by Time magazine and Sekoto was inspired to make a small ballpoint pen drawing of her which he simply titled, Miriam Makeba. This work acted as a precursor to an energetic collection of portraits of men and women – painted in a palette of blues, browns, black and white – and now collectively referred to as The Blue Heads series.

The overall condition is good. Paint crackling in areas consistent with age.

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Auction: Art, Life and Love: The Collection of Nwabisa Xayiya (Live Auction), Sun, 31st Oct 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 auction will offer best of class examples by great modernists as well as exciting contemporary pieces. Notable is a selection of work by painter George Pemba, whose brilliant palette held a special place in Nwabisa’s heart. There is also a set of impressive urban scenes and portraits by Gerard Sekoto and a rarely seen Alexis Preller, a glorious Robert Hodgins, and varied examples of Dumile Feni’s early work along with others from his later New York period.

Within the contemporary offering, there are outstanding works by Blessing Ngobeni, Sam Nhlengethwa, William Kentridge, Teresa Firmino, Athi-Patra Ruga, Kudzanai Chiurai, Nelson Makamo, Owusu-Ankomah and Nicholas Hlobo, amongst others. 

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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