Curatorial Voices: Modern and Contemporary Art from Africa

Live Virtual Auction, 28 February 2023

Curatorial Voices: Modern and Contemporary Art from Africa
About the Session

Curatorial Voices: Modern and Contemporary Art from Africa is a dynamic collaborative project conceived by Strauss & Co to address the need for diversified representation of artists from across the African continent in the secondary market. Curated by Strauss & Co Heads of Sale, Kirsty Colledge and Kate Fellens, with input by seven international art experts with embedded knowledge of Africa; Serge Tiroche, Valerie Kabov, Heba Elkayal, Danda Jaroljmek, Anne Kariuki, Dana Endundo Ferreira, Kimberley Cunningham. Curatorial Voices presents collectors with a broad selection of work by leading contemporary artists alongside select pieces by important historical artists.


Sold for

ZAR 257 950
Lot 28
  • Cyrus Kabiru; Blue Beard, two
  • Cyrus Kabiru; Blue Beard, two
  • Cyrus Kabiru; Blue Beard, two


Lot Estimate
ZAR 150 000 - 200 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 257 950

About this Item

Kenyan 1984-
Blue Beard, two
2017

accompanied by a SMAC Gallery certificate of authenticity signed, dated '7 December 2017', and inscribed with the artist's name, title, and medium

installation comprising a unique mounted print and a wearble C-stunner made from recycled materials, in a custom wall hanging perspex box
the first: 148,5 by 119cm, excluding the frame; 150 by 120 by 4,5cm, including the frame; the second: height: 29cm; width: 30cm; depth: 10cm

Notes

Cyrus Kabiru was born in Nairobi, Kenya, where he still lives and works.

In 2013, Kabiru was a fellow at TED’s The Young, The Gifted, The Undiscovered conference in Los Angeles. In 2016, he was selected as one of Quartz’s Africa Innovators in Nairobi, Kenya; he was a featured artist in the Gestalten publication titled Africa Rising: Fashion, Design and Lifestyle from Africa; and he was the resident artist at the Han Nefkens Foundation in Barcelona, Spain. He participated in the Zeitz MOCAA Artist in Residency Programme in Kenya in 2018 and in the Africa First residency in Israel in 2019.

Kabiru has exhibited frequently in solo and group shows, both internationally and on the African continent, including Upcoming in 2010 at the Kuona Trust in Nairobi, Kenya; C-Stunners & Black Mamba at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town; Beyond Borders, the 5th Beaufort Triennial in West Flanders Belgium; Lumières d’Afriques at the Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris, France; and The Shadows Took Shape at The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York.

Kabiru’s work is included in the Zeitz MOCAA permanent collection and in numerous other notable public and private collections in Europe, the United States of America, Kenya, and South Africa.

Biography adapted from information courtesy of Africa First.

Provenance

SMAC Gallery, Cape Town, 2017.

Africa First, 2023.

Exhibited

SMAC Gallery, Le Cap, Cyrus Kabiru. Pandashuka, 13 Sep 2017 - 07 Oct 2017.

Literature

Killion Fox The artist putting rubbish to visionary use – in picture, The Guardian Newspaper, November 18 2018.

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