Day Sale: Modern and Contemporary Art

Timed Online Auction, 28 August - 18 September 2023

Modern and Contemporary Art with a focus on Cape Moments

Sold for

ZAR 76 213
Lot 20
  • Anton Karstel; Main Street, Port Elizabeth
  • Anton Karstel; Main Street, Port Elizabeth
  • Anton Karstel; Main Street, Port Elizabeth

Lot Estimate
ZAR 70 000 - 90 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 76 213

About this Item

South African 1968-
Main Street, Port Elizabeth

signed and dated 2002; inscribed with the title on the reverse

oil on canvas
97,5 by 149,5cm excluding frame; 126 by 176,5 by 6cm including frame


"His darkly moody cityscapes, reminiscent of the late nineteenth century photography of Alfred Stieglitz (1864–1946), show local city views in a way that makes them highly atmospheric and laden with potential. Whether that potential in menacing or romantic always seems to be somewhat unclear, as if Karstel is reminding us that these new metropolises with their promise of wealth and growth also signal destruction of an order that could not be imagined when they began to grow.’ —Andrew Lamprecht.1

1. Marelize van Zyl (ed) (2009) Anton Karstel: Paintings and Photographic Installations (1989–2009), exhibition catalogue, Stellenbosch: SMAC Art Publishing, page 17.


Russell Kaplan Auctioneers, Randburg, 30 July 2022, lot 4595.

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