Auction Highlight: William Kentridge

Aspire Art highlights Kentridge editions at auction

On the 7 June 2023 Aspire Art will offer 11 exceptional William Kentridge editioned prints at auction on their 20th Century and Contemporary sale in Johannesburg. Highlighting the artist’s practice in printmaking over nearly 3 decades the collection provides an ideal opportunity to reflect on the importance of printmaking in William Kentridge’s practice and the early prevalence of the technique in his artmaking.


Auction Highlight: Alexis Preller

Aspire Art unveils newly found Adam, by artist Alexis Preller for Auction in June 2023.

Aspire Art is delighted to present a mesmerising painting Adam, from 1972, by the lauded South African artist Alexis Preller as the leading lot in their upcoming live auction of 20th Century and Contemporary Art which will take place on the 7th of June, in Johannesburg.


Think Big When Collecting

A Case for Larger than Life Artworks: Conrad Botes

Aspire Art Cataloguer & Researcher Micaela Wentzel emphasises large artworks that make a statement, elevate space and capture attention.


A Pop to the Collection

Discover the Bold and Graphic Works of Motel Seven, Conrad Botes, Asha Zero, and Mr. Brainwash

Aspire Art, Cataloguer & Researcher, Mtha Poni looks at the elements of Pop Art in the Contemporary Art Timed-Online Auction collection


Start Collecting Art Today

Young and eager to collect: You don't need a JAY-Z-level bank balance to acquire great works

Cataloguer & Researcher, Nonkululeko Sibande suggests 3 works from Aspire Art's Contemporary Art Timed-Online Auction to start an art collection.




Timed-Online Auction | Contemporary Art

Contemporary Art to Collect Right Now

Aspire Art invites you to delve into exciting and fresh works, bold colours and current themes in the Timed-Online auction CONTEMPORARY ART. Including carefully selected, local and international pieces, collectors will enjoy unique perspectives and mediums from some of the most popular artists in the current contemporary art market including William Kentridge, Zander Blom, Georgina Gratrix, Jake Aikman, Simphiwe Ndzube, Mongezi  Ncaphayi, Sepideh Mehraban, Michael MacGarry and more!


Panel Discussion

Celebrating Xhosa Heritage: George Pemba and SEK Mqhayi in conversation with Lovedale Press

Framed within the context of great Xhosa painter, George Pemba and Xhosa poet SEK Mqhayi, join Aspire Art this Saturday, 11 March 2023, at 11am to hear Anelisa Mangcu, Dr Athambile Masola and Sanele Ntshingana talk to us about the Lovedale press and the poets, writers and artists who have contributed to its legacy.


Highlights: George Pemba

Important Pemba paintings come to auction

Aspire Art are are thrilled to present three wonderful works by George Pemba in their upcoming Live sale of 20th Century and Contemporary Art on 15 March in Cape Town. 


Aspire Art’s debut 2023 Live Auction Highlights

Icons of 20th Century and Contemporary Southern African Art lead Aspire’s debut 2023 Live Auction

Aspire Art is proud to announce highlights from the March live sale of 20th Century & Contemporary Art from Southern Africa. Taking place on 15 March, the auction features an exceptional collection of 77 lots, specially selected for the discerning collector. Showcasing a wide range of works across a multitude of mediums, the collection spans a century of significant contributions to the art historical canon in Southern Africa.


EDITIONS Auction Highlights

Kholisa Thomas selects her favourites

Kholisa Thomas, Client Advisory at Aspire Art picks her favourite works from EDITIONS, a Timed Online auction taking place from 16 February - 1 March 2023.


The Allure of Etching

Fine lines and delicate details in the art of Penny Siopis

Primarily regarded as a painter, during the 1990s Siopis extended her range of media to include monumental installations, printmaking and video. We explore the etching technique and the artist's versatile use of the medium.



Silkcreen Fantasies

Printmaking in the work of Robert Hodgins and Walter Battiss

South African art greats Walter Battiss and Robert Hodgins are well-known and well-loved for their magnificent oil paintings but Battiss and Hodgins cognoscenti have also come to appreciate their printmaking. We look at the screenprinting technique and explore the importance of print in the work of these masters.



A Master of the Medium

William Kentridge as printmaker

An integral part of the artist's practice, printmaking spans William Kentridge's entire career. We take a look at the early beginnings of his print production and some of the important collaborations he has developed over his career.


Looking Forward to 2023

& inviting entries for our upcoming auctions

Looking back at 2022, here are some of the milestones achieved in our four Live Auctions last year.


Preview Invitation

Preview Opening and Cocktail Party in Johannesburg

Join Aspire Art for drinks on Thursday 24 November from 5pm to 8pm and view artworks on their upcoming auction of 20th Century and Contemporary Art.




e-Catalogue Online

Johannesburg Live Auction on 30 November 22

The electronic catalogue for our anticipated end of 2022 Liv auction in Johannesburg is LIVE.

We are excited to present this top-quality collection of works for our final auction of 2022.


Highlights: William Kentridge

Impressive selection of Kentridge works

Aspire Art brings a magnificent collection of artworks by William Kentridge, one of the most celebrated and influential living artists today, to auction in Johannesburg on 30 November 2022.



Highlights: Irma Stern

Important Irma Stern paintings

Aspire Art brings a magnificent collection of artworks by the much-celebrated Irma Stern to auction in Johannesburg on 30 November 2022.



Highlights: Zanele Muholi

Zanele Muholi at Auction

Aspire Art brings a magnificent collection of Zanele Muholi artworks to auction in Johannesburg on 30 November 2022. Included are two large-scale photographs: Aphelile X, Durban (2020) and a – never before seen – photograph from the Somnyama Ngonyama series. Also on offer is a magnificent bronze sculpture, Muholi II, the first edition of this new body of work to be offered on auction.


Aspire Art x Krone Support Michaelis Grad Show

Aspire hosts a fundraising raffle to win artist decorated Krone bottles at A Good Time exhibition

The upcoming exhibition: A Good Time which opens on Thursday 6 October will include a raffle for Krone magnum bottles transformed by artists included on the exhibition; Nobukho Nqaba, Alice Gauntlett, Sepideh Mehraban and Gaelen Pinnock, the proceeds of which will assist in funding this year’s Michaelis grad show.


A Good Time

Exhibition curated by Michaela Limberis at Aspire Cape Town

A Good Time celebrates the early careers of a group of local artists over the past decade, from university to the present moment. Featured artists: Rory Emmett, Alice Gauntlett, Bonolo Kavula, Sepideh Mehraban, Heinrich Minnie, Lena Dewaegenaere, Siwa Mgoboza, Nobukho Nqaba, Gaelen Pinnock, Jake Singer, Sitaara Stodel.


Sales Results: 14 September 2022

Aspire Art Cements Position in Chosen Markets

Aspire Art is pleased to have opened the Spring season art calendar with their recent live auction, 20th Century & Contemporary Art in Cape Town on Wednesday, 14 September. The sale featured a focussed collection of specially selected top calibre works with special sections on Black Modernism and Photography and highlights Aspire's approach to smaller and more curated collections, centered on quality over quantity, to serve the discerning collector.



Aspire Art Highlights Skotnes at Auction on 14 September

Artist Focus: Cecil Skotnes

Aspire Art is proud to present three exquisite wood carved panels by the highly regarded and much-loved artist Cecil Skotnes, produced between 1960 and the late 1970s, an important time in the artist’s career. 


Aspire Art Highlights Black Modernism (14 September Auction)

Collect: Black Modernism

Forming part of the upcoming live auction 20th Century & Contemporary Art taking place in Cape Town on Wednesday, 14 September 2022, Aspire Art is pleased to present a specialist section focussed on Black Modernism.


Aspire Art Highlights Photography at Auction on 14 September

Collect: African Photography

As part of the upcoming live auction 20th Century & Contemporary Art which is taking place in Cape Town on Wednesday, 14 September 2022, we are pleased to introduce a special collection of selected photographic work by some of the foremost artists working in the medium – historically and currently.


Auction Highlight: Kentridge

Landscape with Billboard, an Expressive Landscape Drawing by William Kentridge

Following a string of impressive results achieved for the sale of William Kentridge’s work at auction over the past years and the R3,186,400 sale of Drawing for Mine (1991) in March 2022, Aspire Art is pleased to announce the consignment of a captivating expressive landscape drawing by world-renowned artist, William Kentridge.


Auction Highlight: Siopis

Untitled, 1998, an Early Drawing by Penny Siopis

One of the many highlights on Aspire Art's upcoming live auction of 20th Century & Contemporary in Cape Town on the 14 September is an early, never-before-seen, drawing from 1998 by Penny Siopis. Created in the same year the artist presented her critically acclaimed solo exhibition Charmed Lives at Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg, this sensitively rendered drawing stylistically references previous works from her ‘History Period’.


Auction Highlight: Muholi

Thulani I, Paris, 2014 by Zanele Muholi

 Following the recent June openings of Zanele Muholi’s major survey exhibition at Kunstforeningen Gl Strand in Denmark, curated in association with Tate Modern and Bildmuseet, and the artist’s solo exhibition Somnyama Ngonyama at Fotografihuset in Norway, it is with much excitement that Aspire Art presents the striking photographic self-portrait titled Thulani I, Paris, 2014.


Auction Highlight: Villa

Study for Confrontation by Edoardo Villa

Aspire Art is honoured to reveal Study for Confrontation, an important conceptual work by Edoardo Villa, one of the country’s most celebrated modern sculptors.


Timed Online Auction Focus | Print

P5’22: Painting, Paper, Photography, Patina, Print

A spotlight on print in Aspire Art’s Timed Online auction P5’22: Painting, Paper, Photography, Patina, Print taking place from 14 – 26 July.