Cinga Samson SOUTH AFRICAN 1986- Hliso Street V signed and dated 2017 on the reverse oil on canvas 80 by 60cm excluding frame; 83,5 by 64 by 6,5cm including frame R 2 000 000 – 3 000 000

CAPE TOWN – Strauss & Co, Africa’s leading art auction house, is proud to present Curatorial Voices: African Landscapes, Past and Present, a live virtual auction taking place on Monday, 19 February 2024 at Strauss & Co’s new saleroom in Cape Town. Led by highly collectable paintings by JH Pierneef and Cinga Samson, the second edition of this curated auction will showcase art by pioneering modernist and trailblazing contemporary artists from Benin, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Ghana, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tunisia and Zimbabwe, with a thematic focus on landscape.

Samson’s 2017 painting Hliso Street V (estimate R2-3m / $105 000-157 000) is from the suite that initiated his current globally acclaimed style. JH Pierneef’s 1929 composition Church Street, Tulbagh (estimate R1.5-2.5m / $78 500-131 000) is a culturally important street scene deriving from the artist’s peak period.

Coinciding with the Investec Cape Town Art Fair (16-18 February 2024), an important event on the African art calendar, Curatorial Voices: African Landscape, Past and Present will present artworks by internationally recognised artists like Jake Aikman, Zander Blom, Kudzanai Chiurai, Ablade Glover, David Goldblatt, Moshekwa Langa, Bronwyn Katz, William Kentridge, Thameur Mejri, Sam Nhlengethwa, Thania Petersen, Thierry Oussou, Owusu-Ankomah, Usha Seejarim and Gerard Sekoto. Coinciding with Dr Esther Mahlangu’s career survey at Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, Strauss & Co will present two fantastic works by this iconic abstract painter.

“This comprehensive auction, a collaboration with experts from across the African continent, reveals a nuanced understanding of the diverse cultural, historical and environmental contexts that have shaped artistic representations of the landscape,” say Jean le Clus-Theron and Leigh Leyde, Joint Heads of Sale, Strauss & Co. “Through an examination of various themes, Curatorial Voices: African Landscapes, Past and Present seeks to engage viewers in a dialogue that transcends time and space, connecting past representations to contemporary perspectives.”

In preparing this sale Strauss & Co collaborated with African art experts who share in the company’s vision of a robust and interconnected secondary market on the African continent. The five invited curators are: Ugoma Ebilah, Independent Curator, Nigeria; Nkgopoleng Moloi, Independent Curator, South Africa; Azu Nwagbogu, Founder and Director of the African Artists’ Foundation, Nigeria; Azza Satti, Independent Curator, Kenya; and Camilla van Hoogstraten, Head of Sales, Latitudes Online, South Africa.

Providing essential context to collectors, Strauss & Co will again host an edition of the Art Business Conference at its Cape Town offices, on Wednesday, 14 February 2024. A leading global platform for the discussion of key issues in today’s art market, the 2024 edition of Art Business Conference is sponsored by iTOO Artinsure and will feature two panels of expert voices moderated by Riah Pryor, Journalist and Author, London. The panels will consider “The Art of Collection Management: Caring for your art, preventing theft and identifying fakes and forgeries” and “The African Art Landscape: Dissolving Boundaries.” Tickets are R250 per person and can be booked though Quicket

Strauss & Co has also cooperated with ArtTactic, a London-based art market research firm, on advancing the release of its 2023 research report on African modern and contemporary art sales. The report, now due in early February, will include first-hand insights into Africa’s growing art market by art experts in Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa. Dr Alastair Meredith, Head of Art Department, Strauss & Co, is one of the four experts asked to provide commentary.

Prince Twins Seven-Seven NIGERIAN 1944 – 2011 Noah’s Ark mixed media on board 84 by 120,5cm excluding frame; 89,5 by 126 by 3,5cm including frame R 40 000 – 60 000


Thero Makepe BOTSWANAN 1996- Robben Island University accompanied by a digital Latitudes Online certificate of authenticity, signed, dated 2020, numbered 1/7, inscribed with the title and medium photographic print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta image size: 89 by 119cm; 104 by 134 by 3,5cm including frame R 15 000 – 20 000


Ablade Glover GHANAIAN 1934- People Scene B12/14 2014 inscribed ‘B12/14’ on the reverse oil and canvas 121 by 120,5cm excluding frame; 124 by 124 by 5cm including frame R 300 000 – 500 000


Kudzanai Chiurai ZIMBABWEAN 1981- Untitled signed and dated 2005 oil on board 110 by 200cm excluding frame; 111 by 201 by 5,5cm including frame R 200 000 – 300 000


Walter Battiss SOUTH AFRICAN 1906-1982 Ten People in the Mpipi Tree, tapestry signed; signed by Giles Battiss, dated 1985, numbered 1/3, inscribed with the artist’s name, the title, ‘The Stephens Tapestry Studio’, and the weavers’ names (Lillian Simelane, Margaret Zulu, and Marguerite Stephens) on a label sewn to the reverse mohair wool and tapestry thread on tapestry canvas 193 by 237,5cm, unframed R 300 000 – 400 000


Jacob Hendrik Pierneef SOUTH AFRICAN 1886-1957 Church Street, Tulbagh signed and dated 1929 oil on artist’s board 63 by 51,5cm excluding frame; 80,5 by 69,5 by 7,5cm including frame (4) R 1 500 000 – 2 500 000


Jake Aikman SOUTH AFRICAN 1978- Muse (Atlantic) signed and dated 2011 oil on canvas 179 by 295 by 3,5cm, unframed R 250 000 – 350 000


William Kentridge SOUTH AFRICAN 1955- Drawings from Medicine Chest 2001 signed charcoal and coloured pencil on paper image size: 44 by 32cm; 74,5 by 58,5 by 3cm including frame R 800 000 – 1 200 000

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