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


  • Helga Kohl; Mine Manager's House
  • Helga Kohl; Mine Manager's House
  • Helga Kohl; Mine Manager's House
  • Helga Kohl; Mine Manager's House


Lot Estimate
ZAR 20 000 - 30 000
Location
Cape Town
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About this Item

Polish/Namibian 1943-
Mine Manager's House

signed, dated 1995 and numbered 14/25 in pencil in the margin; dated, numbered plate 22 and inscribed with the title on the reverse

photographic print on paper
image size: 45,5 by 45,5cm; 56,5 by 56,5 by 3,5cm including frame

Notes

This photograph may be concerned with the transience of human power. The isolated edifice of the gigantic manager’s house is now a mere blot on the horizon. The sun, which dominates the format, is emphasized by the clouds above it and the dark contrast of the extensive foreground. Nature prevails, with the railway tracks having no function.

Literature

Amy Schoeman (2004) KOLMANSKOP Past and Present, Windhoek: Klaus Hess Publishers, illustrated in colour on page 72, plate 22.

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