Aspire Art will impress collectors with this focused, boutique-style auction in Johannesburg. A feature of the carefully compiled collection is a strong focus on contemporary African artists. Collectors of contemporary works from Africa will be spoilt for choice with works by Thierry Oussou (Benin), Richard Mudariki (Zimbabwe) and Banele Khoza (Swaziland). Local contemporary favourites include Nandipha Mntambo, Cinga Samson and Gerhard Marx amongst others. Contemporary photographers are also well represented with works by Aida Muluneh (Ethiopia), Kudzanai Chiurai (Zimbabwe) and South African international superstar, Zanele Muholi, while important historical images are included with works of Winnie Mandela by Alf Kumalo and a portfolio of twelve works – chronicling the hardships of apartheid – from Ernest Cole’s seminal House of Bondage (1967).
A highlight of the sale is South African modernist Alexis Preller’s, Adam (1972) – a recently discovered, never before seen, work forming part of Preller’s series of Adamic-themed works from the late 1960s and early 1970s. Other significant modern pieces include a unique terrazzo sculpture by Edoardo Villa, still lifes by Maggie Laubser and works by Cecil Skotnes, Walter Battiss and J.H Pierneef.
The sale concludes with a special section of William Kentridge editioned prints led by the impressive Blue Head (1993 – 1998).
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Lot 5 - Jacobus Hendrik Pierneef (South Africa 1886-1957)
Sold for R44,555
Lot 6 - Jacobus Hendrik Pierneef (South Africa 1886-1957)
Sold for R68,625
Lot 7 - Jacobus Hendrik Pierneef (South Africa 1886-1957)
Sold for R91,500
Lot 20 - Zanele Muholi in collaboration with the Qaqambile Beading Collective
Estimated at R400,000 - R600,000
Lot 29 - John Koenakeefe Mohl (South Africa 1903-1985)
Sold for R85,781
Lot 37 - Wonder Buhle Mbambo (South African 1989-)
Sold for R125,812
Lot 45 - Mxolisi Vusi Beauchamp (South Africa 1979-)
Sold for R91,500
Lot 48 - William Kentridge (South Africa 1955-)
Sold for R2,058,750