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


  • Pieter Wenning; The Beach and Fort at Woodstock
  • Pieter Wenning; The Beach and Fort at Woodstock
  • Pieter Wenning; The Beach and Fort at Woodstock


Lot Estimate
ZAR 150 000 - 200 000
Location
Cape Town
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About this Item

South African 1873-1921
The Beach and Fort at Woodstock
1918

signed on the reverse

oil on panel
24 by 28cm excluding frame; 41 by 46 by 3cm including frame

Notes

‘Painted 7 September 1918. The fort is Fort Knokke, originally built by the Dutch in 1744 as the terminal fort of the sea defence lines which ran along the beach from the Castle to Fort de Knokke, as it was originally known. Later in 1781 when the French occupied the Cape they built the French defence lines from Fort de Knokke running at right angles to the sea lines. In 1827 when most of the old forts were demolished Fort de Knokke was completely refurbished and modernised and made into a key defence position. During the First World War it was fitted with guns suitable for sea defence, but after the war became neglected and abandoned.’

Stephan Welz (1989) Art at Auction in South Africa: Twenty Years of Sotheby’s/Stephan Welz and Co 1969-1989, Johannesburg: A D Donker (Pty) Ltd, page 99.

Provenance

Stephan Welz & Co in Association with Sotheby's, Johannesburg, 6 November 1984, lot 112.

Literature

Stephan Welz (1989) Art at Auction in South Africa: Twenty Years of Sotheby’s/Stephan Welz and Co 1969-1989, Johannesburg: A D Donker (Pty) Ltd, illustrated in colour on page 99.

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