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


  • Thomas Baines; Attack on Stock’s Kraal in the Fish River Bush 1852
  • Thomas Baines; Attack on Stock’s Kraal in the Fish River Bush 1852
  • Thomas Baines; Attack on Stock’s Kraal in the Fish River Bush 1852


Lot Estimate
ZAR 500 000 - 700 000
Location
Cape Town
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About this Item

British 1820-1875
Attack on Stock’s Kraal in the Fish River Bush 1852

signed, dated Dec 27 1852 and inscribed 'Grahamstown'; inscribed with the title and 'by the * command of Col Perceval 12th Regiment/ T Baines Grahams Town Dec 27 1852' on the reverse

oil on canvas
44,5 by 62,5cm excluding frame; 57 by 75 by 5cm including frame

Notes

The present lot is framed in its original military frame, restored in 2017.

This lot has been selected by Curatorial Voice: Azu Nwagbogu.

Provenance

Sir George Cathcart governor-general of the Cape Colony between 1852 and 1853, and then by descent.

Bonhams, London, 23 November 1989, lot 21.

The Parker Gallery, London.

Julian Simon Fine Art, London, 2016.

Private Collection.

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