November Online Part II

Online-Only Auction, 22 - 29 November 2021

Guest Curator: Sam Nhlengethwa
About the Session

Strauss & Co is pleased to present the guest curator for our November Online Auction, artist Sam Nhlengethwa.

Born in the mining community of Payneville, Springs, south-east of Johannesburg and after studying at the Rorke’s Drift Art Centre in the late 1970s, attended the Johannesburg Art Foundation, established by Bill Ainslie. He taught part-time at FUBA (Federated Union of Black Artists) in Johannesburg and came to national prominence in 1993 with the exhibition Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, which was put on at the Market Gallery in Johannesburg and the KZNSA Gallery in Durban. Nhlengethwa received the Standard Bank Young Artist Award in 1994 and his award show Homage to Jazz travelled the country over the following year.

Nhlengethwa is best known for his figurative paintings and collage works exploring themes of social and art history, jazz, mining and domestic life, as well as his iconic Goat lithographs and the series of Tributes to other artists printed at The Artists’ Press in White River. His current figurative style post-dates a series of large, bold abstract works following his participation in the Thupelo workshops, founded in 1985 by artists David Koloane and Bill Ainslie. The annual, two-week workshop programme is associated with a flourishing of modernist abstraction among urban black artists.

Nhlengethwa’s work was included in the important exhibition Seven Stories about Modern Art in Africa at the Whitechapel Gallery in London in 1995, the 12th International Cairo Biennale in 2010, and (Re)constructions: Contemporary Art from South Africa in Rio de Janeiro in 2011. The artist was a founding member, with Pat Mautloa and David Koloane, of the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios in Newtown in 1991.

Guest Curator: Sam Nhlengethwa
The Fabulous Picture Show
For Generations to Come: Andile Dyalvane
The Rose Korber Collection
Landscape Paintings
Wine: Italy and Spain

Found 40 lots in session 4

Results include Buyer's Premium and VAT
Julian Motau; Two Women
Julian Motau
Two Women
ZAR 8 000 - 12 000
Sold for ZAR 9 380
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Michael Gagashe Zondi; Seated Woman
Michael Gagashe Zondi
Seated Woman
ZAR 5 000 - 7 000
Christo Coetzee; Head with Roses
Christo Coetzee
Head with Roses
ZAR 12 000 - 16 000
Vuyisani Mgijima; Train Sketch
Vuyisani Mgijima
Train Sketch
ZAR 3 000 - 5 000
Iris Ampenberger; The Baby
Iris Ampenberger
The Baby
ZAR 7 000 - 10 000
Maggie Laubser; Heron
Maggie Laubser
ZAR 10 000 - 15 000
Sold for ZAR 21 105
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Willie Bester; Three Portraits
Willie Bester
Three Portraits
ZAR 4 500 - 5 500
Sold for ZAR 5 277
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Nelson Makamo; Just the Two of Us
Nelson Makamo
Just the Two of Us
ZAR 70 000 - 90 000
Frans Claerhout; Figures carrying Straw
Frans Claerhout
Figures carrying Straw
ZAR 18 000 - 24 000
Sold for ZAR 14 070
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Willie Bester; Mini Store
Willie Bester
Mini Store
ZAR 15 000 - 20 000
Sam Nhlengethwa; Street Scene with Red Taxi
Sam Nhlengethwa
Street Scene with Red Taxi
ZAR 80 000 - 120 000
Sold for ZAR 93 800
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Ephraim Ngatane; Interior Scene
Ephraim Ngatane
Interior Scene
ZAR 12 000 - 18 000
Sold for ZAR 18 760
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT

Results in green indicate post sales.