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 32 830
Lot 13
  • Jessica Webster; Crystal Chambers No. 2
  • Jessica Webster; Crystal Chambers No. 2

Lot Estimate
ZAR 30 000 - 50 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 32 830

About this Item

South African 1981-
Crystal Chambers No. 2

signed and dated 2019 on the reverse

mixed media on canvas
110,5 by 110,5 by 5,5cm, unframed


‘In this (body of ) work, the ‘distress’ of the symbolic landscape becomes an act of palimpsest and damage,’ says Webster. ‘The stubborn emergence of surface provokes an uneasy cohabitation of these themes. A symbolic connection to ‘land’ is under the duress of excess and deficit. It prompts a deadpan analysis of romance and the landscape as simulated, man-made, and predisposed to break down.’—Jessica Webster

Jessica Webster (2020) A Horse with no Name, online,, accessed 25 January 2024.


Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, Jessica Webster | A Horse with no Name, 4 July to 1 August 2020.

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