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 82 075
Lot 63
  • Atang Tshikare; Modimolle, five
  • Atang Tshikare; Modimolle, five
  • Atang Tshikare; Modimolle, five

Lot Estimate
ZAR 60 000 - 80 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 82 075

About this Item

Atang Tshikare
South African 1980-
Modimolle, five

accompanied by the artist's certificate of authenticity signed and numbered 2/5; signed, dated 2019, and inscribed with the title and medium

bronze, sandstone, wood
height: 174cm; width: 47cm; depth: 47cm


Atang Tshikare is a Cape Town-based South African multidisciplinary artist. The work of his father, an anti-Apartheid activist and illustrator, inspired Tshikare from a young age and he is also deeply influenced by his Tswana roots (along with other African cultures). Tshikare, a self-taught artist, began as a street artist and has evolved to specialising in sculptural furniture and functional art. Tshikare experiments with forms and mediums – bronze, ceramics, wood, stone – to create a unique dialogue between form, function, and personal narrative.

Tshikare’s work was recently exhibited at the Promenade pour un Objet d’Exception, Paris, France (2022) and Design Miami/Basel (2021) with Dior and is currently on exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum in New York City, NY, USA. Additional exhibitions include the Investec Cape Town Art Fair (2020 and 2022); Zeitz MOCAA (2019); PAD London, UK (2019); Design Miami/ Basel (2014, 2016, and 2018); and Design Discourse in Austria (2016).

The name “Modimo o lle” comes from a Pedi/Tswana phrase meaning “God has eaten”. We see Okae standing at the peak waiting to meet the first human that has survived the mountain to guide him on his daring expedition.—Atang Tshikare 1

1., accessed 23 January 2023.

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