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 68 005
Lot 106
  • Barthélémy Toguo; The New World Climax (Inegalite)
  • Barthélémy Toguo; The New World Climax (Inegalite)
  • Barthélémy Toguo; The New World Climax (Inegalite)
  • Barthélémy Toguo; The New World Climax (Inegalite)
  • Barthélémy Toguo; The New World Climax (Inegalite)


Lot Estimate
ZAR 50 000 - 70 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 68 005

About this Item

Cameroonian 1967-
The New World Climax (Inegalite)
2001-2012
ink and carved wood, wooden table
stamp size: 22 by 49 by 29cm; table size: 75 by 66 by 66cm

Notes

"The New World Climax is one of Toguo's large wooden stamps resembling those used to stamp his passport. The literal weight of the sculptures exemplifies the heavy burden for immigrants of being in a constant state of transition. The work highlights the difficulty of travelling for people forced into exile as well as those who long for change and the experience of something beyond their own borders. Transgression of borders both physical and mental is a persistent theme in his drawings and installations."

Stevenson (2014) Barthelemy Toguo: Celebrations, online, https://archive.stevenson.info/exhibitions/toguo/index2014.html, accessed 19 January 2024.

This lot has been selected by Curatorial Voice: Azu Nwagbogu.

Provenance

Stevenson, Cape Town, 2014.

Private Collection.

Exhibited

Stevenson, Cape Town, Barthélémy Toguo: Celebrations, solo exhibition, 29 May to 12 July 2014.

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