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 46 900
Lot 105
  • Kendell Geers; Age of Iron XX
  • Kendell Geers; Age of Iron XX
  • Kendell Geers; Age of Iron XX


Lot Estimate
ZAR 50 000 - 70 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 46 900

About this Item

South African 1968-
Age of Iron XX
2012

signed

rust on paper
101 by 65,5cm excluding frame; 108 by 72,5 by 4cm including frame

Notes

"Songs of Innocence and of Experience, (the body of work from which Age of Iron XX emanates) heralds a return to the ‘Country of my Skull’, a return to my roots, a meditation upon what it means to be a White African and a Working Class Afrikaans South African. The cultural logic of my identity, the history and politics of my cultural inheritance are woven together with experience and with delightful innocence into an exhibition that places sculpture at its core.” Geers returns to his signature use of Razormesh as an exploration of local legacy. “Razormesh and security fencing mark our suburban lives in South Africa, protecting us from hidden nameless enemies banging at our gates. We live in compounds imprisoned by our desire to be free and safe within a space etched out from the environment by razorblades and electric fences. The world patent for Razormesh remains in the hands of a South African corporation and it is our unique product, a cultural weapon exported to every single political flash point on the planet, an economic success story that cut its teeth in our dark history."

Kendell Geers (2012) Songs of Innocence and of Experience, online, https://www.goodman-gallery.com/exhibitions/johannesburg-gallery-kendell-geers-songs-of-innocence-and-of-experience-2012, accessed on 19 January 2024.

This lot has been selected by Curatorial Voice: Ugoma Ebilah.

Exhibited

Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, Kendell Geers / Song of Innocence and of Experience / 2012, 19 July to 18 August 2012.

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