Curatorial Voices: African Landscapes, Past and Present

Live Virtual Auction, 19 February 2024

Curatorial Voices: African Landscapes, Past and Present
About the Session

From Thomas Baines to Jake Aikman, Curatorial Voices: African Landscapes, Past and Present will showcase art by pioneering modernist and trailblazing contemporary artists, spanning 175 years of visual landscape painting on the African continent. This comprehensive auction reveals a nuanced understanding of the diverse cultural, historical, and environmental contexts that have shaped artistic representations of the landscape. Through an examination of various themes, the auction seeks to engage viewers in a dialogue that transcends time and space, connecting past representations to contemporary perspectives. The auction attempts to engage with the diversity of artists that have shaped and continue to shape the depiction of Africa through time.

The auction invites viewers on a captivating journey through the artistic expressions that mirror the multifaceted nature of African terrain. Through meticulous  curation and insightful analysis, the catalogue aspires to be a valuable resource for scholars, art enthusiasts and anyone eager to embark on a thought-provoking exploration of Africa’s rich and complex artistic heritage.

Curatorial Voices
Recognising the dynamic discourse surrounding African Landscape, both past and present, the auction features texts by invited contemporary curators responding to the auction selection and themes. As external voices, they provide critical insights into the complexities of the landscape theme. By amplifying these contemporary perspectives, the exhibition seeks to bridge the gap between traditional representations and the ever-evolving discourse on the role of African art within the global art market.

Azza Satti, Independent Curator, Kenya
Azu Nwagbogu, Founder and Director of the African Artists’ Foundation (AAF), Nigeria
Camilla van Hoogstraten, Head of Sales, Latitudes Online
Ugoma Ebilah, Curator, Gallerist & Founder of Bloom Art
Nkgopoleng Moloi, Independent Curator, South Africa


Sold for

ZAR 79 730
Lot 1
  • Prince Twins Seven-Seven; Noah's Ark
  • Prince Twins Seven-Seven; Noah's Ark
  • Prince Twins Seven-Seven; Noah's Ark


Lot Estimate
ZAR 40 000 - 60 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 79 730

About this Item

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

Notes

'As one of the young men encouraged and instructed in the Mbari Mbayo workshops that Ulli Beier organised and Georgina Beier conducted, Prince began as an artist of the Osogbo School. He was, some say, the most talented, and he was, all agree, the most distinct. His style, his alone from the beginning, matured swiftly, sharpening as he mastered new media, from pen and ink to etching and painting, until in 1969 he invented laminated paintings on wood, a technique that he called sculpture’s paintings and developed to separate himself from his imitators. In the 1970s, by the time he was thirty, he had become a lone actor: a popular musician and an acknowledged star of African art. He had seen London and New York. He had been featured in Ulli Beier’s Contemporary Art in Africa. African Arts had published two papers about him, one descriptive by the Mundy-Castles, one analytic by Robert Plant Armstrong, and soon Bob Armstrong would praise Prince as the modern master of the Yoruba tradition in Wellspring, the middle volume of his great trilogy on art.'

Henri Glassie (2011) Prince Twins Seven-Seven: In Memoriam, online, https://materialculture.com/prince-twins-seven-seven-in-memoriam/, accessed 11 January 2024.

This lot has been selected by Curatorial Voice: Nkgopoleng Moloi.

Provenance

Acquired from the artist in Nigeria by the current owner.

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