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 70 350
Lot 11
  • Gavin Younge; Vaal
  • Gavin Younge; Vaal
  • Gavin Younge; Vaal
  • Gavin Younge; Vaal

Lot Estimate
ZAR 70 000 - 90 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 70 350

About this Item

South African 1947-
mild steel plate, 2K paint technology
height: 200cm; width: 67cm; depth: 64,5cm


‘The present lot describes the Vaal Dam. Visually, this resembles a large, crawling, iguana-like creature, rather than a conventional D-shaped dam with a concave wall. Vaal’s claw-like tributaries
make, and unmake, an unusual coagulation of waterways. I have chosen Ferrari-red to mark off this water-world playground for weekenders from nearby Johannesburg.’— Gavin Younge

This lot has been selected by Curatorial Voice: Azza Satti.


Ilse Schermers Art Gallery, Franschoek.

Private Collection.


Ilse Schemans Art Gallery, Franschoek, Water Matters, 2016.

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