STORIES

29/11/2021    

ART S/Peak of the WEEK 4

Colour and Lushness of Life in the work of Irma Stern

There is a charge and charm that converges colour, courage and clarity of creative vision in the work of Irma Stern. It’s thrilling electricity that is palpable all over her painting Still life with roses, blue bowl and artist's brushes in a pot.


26/11/2021    

EXPLORE: A Private Moment with Irma Stern

Looking at Irma Stern's "Still life with roses, blue bowl and the artist's brushes in a pot"

A highlight on our upcoming auction of Modern & Contemporary Art in Johannesburg on Tuesday, 30 November, is Irma Stern’s delightfully vibrant painting Still life with roses, blue bowl and the artist’s brushes in a pot. Stern painted this work in 1936, a prolific period during which many of her finest works were created.


22/11/2021    

Best Beyond The Ages

November Modern and Contemporary Live Auction

To end the year on a high note, Aspire Art Auctions will present an exciting sale of Modern and Contemporary Art this November in Johannesburg. Set to be held at the company’s exquisite new home in the heart of the Rosebank art district, the sale will offer collectors a fresh and carefully curated selection of landmark artworks coveted both for their rarity and artistic excellence.


22/11/2021    

A Collecting Journey: Works from the collection of Handspring Puppet Company

Zoom Panel Discussion

Join Sarah Sinisi in conversation with Handspring’s Adrian Kohler and Basil Jones as they unpack their approach to collecting, what inspired them to acquire particular pieces, the personal stories behind the works and how the art has influenced Handspring’s creative output.


02/11/2021    

The Collection of Nwabisa Xayiya's Spectacular Results

Affirming new confidence in the art market and indicating a return of positive economic activity.

The unparalleled results achieved by Aspire Art Auctions for the auction Art, Life and Love: The Collection of Nwabisa Xayiya affirms new confidence in the art market and indicates a return of positive economic activity.


06/10/2021    

Art, Life and Love: The Collection of Nwabisa Xayiya

Single Owner Collection being auctioned this October

 This October, Aspire Art Auctions is 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.


17/09/2021    

Man, Myth and Meaning in the Sculpture of Sydney Kumalo

Zoom Panel Discussion

 Join us for a Zoom talk to celebrate the life and work of one of South Africa's foremost modern sculptors, Sydney Kumalo.


17/09/2021    

William Kentridge: Prints, Process and Practice

Zoom Panel Discussion

Printmaking is integral to William Kentridge's artistic practice. Join us for a Zoom talk as we spotlight a collection of Kentridge’s prints from our upcoming Live Auction of Modern & Contemporary Art and delve into the artist’s creative method and the fascinating technical process of printmaking.


16/09/2021    

Set to Impress

Aspire Art Auctions presents a spectacular sale of Modern & Contemporary Art in Cape Town

This Spring, Aspire returns to Cape Town with a much-anticipated auction of Modern and Contemporary Art taking place over two days on 29 and 30 September. Presenting an outstanding collection of 132 works by 80 renowned artists, the auction will impress collectors with an exciting and considered selection of artworks.


10/09/2021    

ART S/Peak of the WEEK 3

Sam and Nelson, an icon and songs

The two works are also special because they bring together two generations of contemporary South African artists, Sam Nhlengethwa and  Nelson Makamo.


03/09/2021    

ART S/Peak of the WEEK 2

Sydney Kumalo

It’s really hard to overhype how great sculptor Sydney Kumalo is an artist and his place in modern art.


20/08/2021    

ART S/Peak of the WEEK 1

Turiya Magadlela

Turiya Magadlela has pioneered a unique visual language that at once intersects discursive currents in both art history and the social reality of women in the world. 


20/08/2021    

Winter Collection

A timed-online auction of Modern & Contemporary Art and Books

Aspire Art Auctions is proud to announce the Winter Collection – a timed-online auction featuring a unique collection of modern and contemporary art, ceramics, collectables and books.


20/08/2021    

BNAP Auction 2021

Blessing Ngobeni Gives Back to Emerging Young Artists

Having personally benefitted from the positive impact of the arts, Blessing Ngobeni has made it his mission to give back.


19/08/2021    

Women in Art: Looking at Art

Zoom Panel Discussion

In celebration of Women’s Month, we have invited a group of formidable women in art to share with us just how they look at art.


13/07/2021    

The African LENS-scape: Photography for Collectors

The largest collection of African photography ever to come to auction

Dubbed The African Photography Auction 2021, the sale will take place Online from 20 to 27 July 2021; presented in partnership with the Photography Legacy Project (PLP).


08/05/2021    

Africa in Europe

Aspire Art Auctions and Artcurial have collaborated to bring a feast of African art to Paris.

Aspire strongly believes in the quality, creativity and historical and cultural significance of the art produced on the African continent from antiquity to the present day. As the Cradle of Humankind, the inventiveness and imagination of the human race emanates from South Africa, the home of Aspire Art Auctions.


30/03/2021    

Autumn Collection 2021

Welcoming the mellow and calm of the new season, collectors are spoiled for choice with this sale

Welcoming the mellow, cool and calm of the new season, collectors are spoiled for choice with this premier, large-scale, timed, online-only sale which presents a wide range of contemporary art alongside more historic works, multiples and editions, photography, sculpture, ceramics and an impressive selection of signed art books for easy collecting – with a click!


30/03/2021    

Aspire to be a proud FUNDA supporter

I AM FUNDA is a charity art auction to raise funds for the FUNDA Arts Centre.

The initiative seeks to save and restore the iconic community arts centre, grow awareness, build its networks and encourage organisations to support arts education in townships as a deserving focus of social responsibility projects.


08/03/2021    

Aspire scores again with stellar results at Cape Town Auction

Our Cape Town sale proved that the market for African and nternational art continues to thrive

Aspire Art Auctions’ Cape Town sale on 4 March 2021 proved that the market for African and international art continues to thrive despite the pandemic. It was thrilling to note that one third of the buyers were first-time buyers with Aspire, indicating an increase in...


11/02/2021    

Aspire Leads the Cape Town Sales Calendar with an Unsurpassed Offering

We bring an unparalleled offering of stellar art in our upcoming auction

From modernists Irma Stern, Maggie Laubser and JH Pierneef to internationally celebrated artists, Marlene Dumas, William Kentridge and Isaac Julien; from local legends Robert Hodgins and Cecil Skotnes to African masters Gerard Sekoto, George Pemba and Ablade Glover,  Aspire Art Auctions’ brings an unparalleled offering...


20/11/2020    

First ever African Photography Auction delivers a good punch with new records

Featuring an impressive collection of 126 works by 56 photographers from across the continent

Aspire Art Auctions collaborated with the Photography Legacy Project (PLP) to present the first ever dedicated auction of African photography. Featuring an impressive collection of 126 works by 56 photographers from across the continent (including Angola, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Namibia, South Africa, Sudan and Zimbabwe),...


17/11/2020    

Aspire X Tonic | Fine Design Auction

Aspire teams up with Tonic to bring fine design to auction

In a year in which businesses worldwide have been challenged to rethink every given and to come up with new solutions, Aspire Art Auctions has forged innovative partnerships to share expertise and support fellow creatives. Now AAA teams up with the dynamic Tonic duo, Greg...

 


09/11/2020    

Aspire Art Auctions to offer rare portrait by George Pemba in Cape Town Auction

Introducing a powerful early portrait by George Pemba

Aspire Art Auctions presents a powerful early portrait by George Pemba as an important highlight in the forthcoming Cape Town Auction in 2021. George Milwa Mnyaluza Pemba, I Epolojice My Warship, 1947, oil on canvas, 41 x 35 cm Estimate | ZAR 400 000 – 600...


09/10/2020    

Should I still buy art for long-term investment?

What do international and local auction results indicate about the strength of the market?

Steady growth with astonishing peaks has been the hallmark of the art market over the last few years, creating the perception of a safe hedge against inflation. But can it still be viewed as such? What do international and local auction results indicate...


05/10/2020    

Summer Collection: Timed Online Auction

Celebrate Summer. Celebrate Art

Aspire Art Auctions proudly presents the Summer Collection, a Timed Online auction taking place from 5 – 15 October. Celebrating the summer season with all things new, now and hot, the online-only sale offers a fresh range of modern and contemporary artworks...


30/09/2020    

Announcement: Aspire X PLP Photography Auction

The Photography Legacy Project Raises Funds through First of its kind Auction in South Africa

 Local photographers have joined together with pan-African counterparts to participate in the first-ever African photography auction on the continent. The auction, initiated by the Photography Legacy Project (PLP), will be hosted by Aspire Art Auctions on 5th November 2020.


10/09/2020    

Announcement: Aspire X Tonic Design Auction

We have partnered to launch the first dedicated auction of fine design in SA

We are pleased to announce our collaboration with TONIC Design which will bring to market the first curated offering of fine design at auction.