Aspire Spring Art Auction 28 October 2018

Johannesburg Spring Sale | Evening Session | 6pm
Gordon Institute of Business Science
26 Melville Road | Illovo | Sandton

Auction Preview Times:
Thursday 25 October 2018 | 10 am – 5 pm
Friday 26 October 2018 | 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday 27 October 2018 | 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday 28 October 2018 | 10 am – 5 pm

Alexis Preller: Adam (1972)

Alexis Preller. Titled Adam, from 1972, this tantalising painting is one of a group of important later paintings depicting Adamic or Apollonian figures, and the one which Preller himself selected, of only five works chosen to represent him at the São Paulo Biennale of 1973. The fact that Aspire brings such market-leading examples of the work of two widely disparate but highly respected artists to auction, indicates the positive position the auction house has carved out for itself.

 

Alexis Preller: Adam (1972)

Alexis Preller. Titled Adam, from 1972, this tantalising painting is one of a group of important later paintings depicting Adamic or Apollonian figures, and the one which Preller himself selected, of only five works chosen to represent him at the São Paulo Biennale of 1973. The fact that Aspire brings such market-leading examples of the work of two widely disparate but highly respected artists to auction, indicates the positive position the auction house has carved out for itself.

Stanley Pinker: The Last Waltz

Among the other auction highlights is a standout piece by much-loved Cape Town artist Stanley Pinker. His painting The Last Waltz exhibits a characteristic sense of formal experimentation in the superimposition of a tondo above the conventional rectangular frame of the painting.
In keeping with Pinker’s interest in bringing together elements of Cubism with more localised subject matter, both surfaces depict a miscellany of South African objects and characters in the whimsical dance of the title.

Peter Clarke: Dinge kannie so aangaan nie

Aspire also has a growing reputation as the go-to auctioneers for important sculpture. Previous highlights include a world record of almost R2m for a work by Sydney Kumalo, as well as world records for Edoardo Villa and contemporary artists Angus Taylor and Willem Boshoff. On this sale, the sculpture on offer ranges from four works by coveted sculptor Villa, to work by previously under-represented 20th century black artists Lucas Sithole, Ezrom Legae and another accomplished piece by Kumalo.

Sydney Kumalo: Reclining figure (1982)

The auction has a characteristically special focus on contemporary art, an area in which Aspire has established itself as a market leader. This segment of the auction market in South Africa has grown 25% year on year, and Aspire has set a series of records in the past two years alone. These include a very important museum-quality work by Dumile Feni, Children under apartheid (1987), which had been repatriated from New York and sold in July last year for a world-record R1,200,320, as well as a work by respected contemporary artist Moshekwa Langa, who saw his Mmatšie I sell for a South African record of R311,920 at the same auction. Langa’s mixed-media work hand thrown distance (2000) features on this auction, alongside an exquisite early painting by contemporary doyenne Penny Siopis, Tapers (1982). Other contemporary work includes paintings by Wayne Barker, Simon Stone, Kate Gottgens and Clive van den Berg, as well as an outstanding still life from one of the rising stars of a younger generation of painters, I Love You all the Time, by Georgina Gratrix. The contemporary painting roll-call also includes an impressive collection of five works on offer by South Africa’s ‘painter’s painter’, Robert Hodgins, as well as two large-scale landscape commissioned paintings by the photo-realist, Keith Alexander. The contemporary segment further includes significant photographic works by Mohau Modisakeng,
Jo Ractliffe and Pieter Hugo, and a sculpture by former Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner Michael MacGarry.

In keeping with its commitment to sustainability and industry development, Aspire will apply its Artist’s Resale Rights (ARR) initiative. In its willingness to help grow and develop the African art market, Aspire Art Auctions is the first, and to date only, South African auction house to pay living South African artists royalties on the resale of their works of art. The initiative is undertaken entirely at Aspire’s cost, and demonstrates its commitment to the growth of the African art market. Aspire’s work on its ARR project, has to date earned over R400,000 for more than 90 artists, and was recently acknowledged with the award for Best Strategic Project of 2018 at the coveted Business Arts South Africa annual awards.

About Aspire Art Auctions

Aspire Art Auctions is a South African-based, specialist auctioneering company formed to respond to the requirements of the country’s rapidly growing art industry.

Specialising in historical, modern and contemporary art, the company is headed by a grouping of partners with formidable collective knowledge and expertise – together representing the longest combined secondary art market presence in South Africa.

With combined art industry experience of more than eighty years, Art Specialists Emma Bedford, Jacqui Carney, Mary-Jane Darroll, Ruarc Peffers and Marelize van Zyl produce curated auctions of top-quality international, African and South African art.

Aspire is also the only South African auction house to offer an Artist’s Resale Rights (ARR) royalty scheme to living South African artists whose works sell on its auctions. In the absence of national legislation, Aspire voluntarily bears the entire cost of this initiative in order to demonstrate its commitment to the sustainability of the South African art industry.

This makes Aspire Art Auctions unique in the local auction world. But its key differentiator is its knowledgeable team of specialists, whose exclusive focus on fine art ensures that works of art are presented in comprehensive historical and cultural contexts and on the best possible display platforms.

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