Curatorial Voices: African Landscapes, Past and Present
Live Virtual Auction, 19 February 2024
Curatorial Voices: African Landscapes, Past and PresentAbout 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.
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
About this Item
signed, dated 2024 and inscribed with the title on the reverse
Inhabiting liminal spaces, artist Mongezi Ncaphayi finds solace in abstract art as a medium to articulate profound thoughts and emotions through colour and composition. Taliep, Yay!!! holds deep personal significance, dedicated to a dear friend in Cape Town's Bo-Kaap. This historically rich neighbourhood, originally built for Cape Malay slaves, now faces cultural erosion due to gentrification. Ncaphayi's artwork serves as a poignant testament to the Bo-Kaap's intricate tapestry of emotions — bold, vibrant, complex, and resilient — confronting the challenges of preserving culture and history in the face of profit-driven urban development on the landscape.
This lot has been selected by Curatorial Voice: Camilla van Hoogstraten.