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 70 350
Lot 73
  • David Koloane; Smoky Cityscape
  • David Koloane; Smoky Cityscape
  • David Koloane; Smoky Cityscape


Lot Estimate
ZAR 80 000 - 120 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 70 350

About this Item

South African 1938-2019
Smoky Cityscape

dated 2008, inscribed with the artist's name, and indistinctly inscribed with the title and medium on a Goodman Gallery label adhered to the reverse

mixed media and oil on paper
69 by 174cm excluding frame; 97 by 199 by 4cm including frame

Notes

David Koloane was a pioneer black modernist artist during the South African apartheid era and played a huge role in contemporary South African art as an artist, writer, cultural critic, and curator. He was a co-founder of the Thupelo workshop program and the Fordsburg Artists’ Studios, famously known as ‘The Bag Factory’. In his paintings, drawings, and collages he made an oblique socio-political commentary on South Africa’s difficult past and the poverty experienced in townships. He is best known for his paintings and drawings of abstracted Johannesburg landscapes and the scavenger dogs he refers to as ‘Mgodoyi’. He was honoured with a retrospective exhibition that was shown at the Standard Bank Art Gallery in Johannesburg and Iziko National Gallery in Cape Town in 2019. He held numerous exhibitions and received many prestigious local and international awards.

Provenance

Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, 2005.

Private Collection.

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