Displays of Dexterity in the Contemporary Session at Strauss & Co

8 Oct 2021

Strauss & Co’s live virtual marquee sale presents a strong showing of contemporary artists in a variety of media.

The exceptional examples are presented to collectors in a standalone session devoted to contemporary art, scheduled for Monday, 11 October at 6pm. Both Turiya Magadlela and Athi Patra-Ruga display their dexterity with fabric. Magadlela presents her unique stretched pantyhose technique with Something about Red and Purple that screams Erotically Sexual Deprived, Umjuluko series, two (estimate R150- R200 thousand) whilst Patra-Ruga lends humor to his woolen tapestry titled Ras Tafari Get a Job (estimate R180 – R240 000). 

Amongst the painters, highlights include work by Michael Taylor (estimate R60 – R80 000), Jake Aikman (estimate R100k – R150 000) and Banele Khoza (estimate R60 – R80 000) each with signature works that have to date defined the trajectories of these artists. 

Abstract painting highlights include Mongezi Ncaphayi (estimate R40 – 60 000each) together with a minimal example by Zander Blom (estimate R120 -160 000) painted in his trademark abstract style on raw linen. Figurative painting is also represented with highlights by Congolese artist Lutanda Zemba Luzamba (R50 – R70 000), Bambo Sibiya (estimate R30 – R50 000), and Arabella Caccia (estimate R60 – R80 000). 

Sculpture highlights include a bronze by William Kentridge Sculpture for the Return (Commendatore Naso) (estimate R600 – R800 000) which formed part of the artist’s 2010 project The Nose. Inspired by the short story by Russian novelist Nikolai Gogol about a man with a runaway nose and his attempt to reattach it to his face. Two other examples that push sculpture to its avant-garde limits are by Wim Botha (estimate R350- R550 000) who recently showed a similar example of the installation Prism 24 [Ecstatic], with glass installation at his recent show at the Norval Foundation and Igshaan Adams (estimate R150 – R200 000) with Cloud VIII where another similar example was recently exhibited at the Hayward Gallery on the South Bank in London. An exemplary example of Norman Catherine’s anthropomorphic sculptures smacks of his pop-expressionist signature with bursts of colour and form in Who Zoo (estimate R600 – 800 000).

To view the Contemporary session and others, don’t miss the public preview on from 4-9 October at Brickfield Canvas, Brickfield Road, Woodstock.