Sun, 31st Oct 2021 11:00

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

 
 
Lot 60 - Nicholas Hlobo (South Africa 1975-)

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Nicholas Hlobo (South Africa 1975-)
Intlambo yochulumanco

ribbon, leather and thread on canvas

Artwork date: 2021
Signature details: signed, dated and inscribed with the title on the reverse

(Qty: 1)

120 x 179 cm; framed size: 143 x 203.5 x 13.5 cm

Notes:

During the 2011 Venice Biennale, everywhere you turned, there was a Nicholas Hlobo artwork being shown. His work was included in the 54th Venice Biennale Exhibition ILLUMInazioni – ILLUMInations, curated by Bice Curiger at the Central Pavilion, The World Belongs to You, works from the Pinault Collection at Palazzo Grassi, and the Future Generation Art Prize exhibition at Palazzo Papadopoli.

Nicholas Hlobo’s oeuvre encompasses a broad repertoire of work consisting of performance, sculpture, installations, drawing, and mixed media-found objects ‘paintings’. Drawing from his rich IsiXhosa heritage, his work explores themes of desire, sexuality, identity, masculinity and ethnicity, referencing being a gay man within Xhosa culture.

In his 'paintings’ Hlobo pairs rubber inner tubing, ribbon, lace, silicone and thread, intricately stitched and embroidered into a visual feast. It is tactile and visceral, but also confronts and confounds.

The present lot, titled Intlambo yachulumanco which translates to, Abundant Joy or Happiness, was a special acquisition by the late Nwabisa Xayiya. Hlobo recounts that the work was created after he met Nwabisa and they both discovered and bonded over their common Xhosa lineage. For her, it was a joyous acquisition.

Hlobo always titles his works in isiXhosa, he notes that, “The language I use does not have a long history as a written language, but it is quite rich in grammar, in poetry, in metaphors. I like metaphors. They’re open-ended. Or they can close things that are very open. All spoken languages employ metaphor. I also like inventing my own metaphors. I think it's fun. They can soften the subject matter”

Nicholas Hlobo was born in Cape Town in 1975 and grew up in the Eastern Cape. He was the first recipient of the Villa Extraordinary Award for Sculpture in 2016, received the Tollman Award in 2006, was the Standard Bank Young Artist for Visual Art in 2009 and was the Rolex Visual Arts Protégé in 2010/2011, when he was mentored by Anish Kapoor.

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R500,000 - R800,000
 

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Saturday 23 October to Saturday 30 October from 10 am to 6 pm

 

ribbon, leather and thread on canvas

Artwork date: 2021
Signature details: signed, dated and inscribed with the title on the reverse

(Qty: 1)

120 x 179 cm; framed size: 143 x 203.5 x 13.5 cm

Notes:

During the 2011 Venice Biennale, everywhere you turned, there was a Nicholas Hlobo artwork being shown. His work was included in the 54th Venice Biennale Exhibition ILLUMInazioni – ILLUMInations, curated by Bice Curiger at the Central Pavilion, The World Belongs to You, works from the Pinault Collection at Palazzo Grassi, and the Future Generation Art Prize exhibition at Palazzo Papadopoli.

Nicholas Hlobo’s oeuvre encompasses a broad repertoire of work consisting of performance, sculpture, installations, drawing, and mixed media-found objects ‘paintings’. Drawing from his rich IsiXhosa heritage, his work explores themes of desire, sexuality, identity, masculinity and ethnicity, referencing being a gay man within Xhosa culture.

In his 'paintings’ Hlobo pairs rubber inner tubing, ribbon, lace, silicone and thread, intricately stitched and embroidered into a visual feast. It is tactile and visceral, but also confronts and confounds.

The present lot, titled Intlambo yachulumanco which translates to, Abundant Joy or Happiness, was a special acquisition by the late Nwabisa Xayiya. Hlobo recounts that the work was created after he met Nwabisa and they both discovered and bonded over their common Xhosa lineage. For her, it was a joyous acquisition.

Hlobo always titles his works in isiXhosa, he notes that, “The language I use does not have a long history as a written language, but it is quite rich in grammar, in poetry, in metaphors. I like metaphors. They’re open-ended. Or they can close things that are very open. All spoken languages employ metaphor. I also like inventing my own metaphors. I think it's fun. They can soften the subject matter”

Nicholas Hlobo was born in Cape Town in 1975 and grew up in the Eastern Cape. He was the first recipient of the Villa Extraordinary Award for Sculpture in 2016, received the Tollman Award in 2006, was the Standard Bank Young Artist for Visual Art in 2009 and was the Rolex Visual Arts Protégé in 2010/2011, when he was mentored by Anish Kapoor.

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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

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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

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