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 74
  • Ablade Glover; Houses
  • Ablade Glover; Houses
  • Ablade Glover; Houses

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

About this Item

Ghanaian 1934-

signed and dated 86

oil on canvas
102 by 152,5cm excluding frame; 104 by 155,5 by 3,5cm including frame


Born in 1934 in Accra, Ghana, Ablade Glover lives and works in Ghana. Trained in Ghana, the UK, and the USA, he has accumulated many distinctions that underline his significance as an artist and educator, both in Ghana and across the international art scene. Glover’s work reveals his vibrant passion for life, activity, and colour. Using warm impastoed pigments to express the sun and heat of his country, Glover depicts animated scenes that mirror the exuberant diversity of Africa: its bustling market stalls, brightly attired crowds, and the dynamic energy that is Ghana. The universality of Glover’s work is reflected in the breadth and variety of his collectors. His work can be found in collections such as the Imperial Palace Collection, Tokyo, Japan; UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France; and Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, USA. He has exhibited extensively in West Africa; Europe; the USA; and Japan. Glover also occupies a major position in Ghana’s contemporary art scene, as Founder and Director of the internationally acclaimed Artists Alliance Gallery in Accra, Ghana. Among Glover's recent solo exhibitions, feature 80th Anniversary, October Gallery, London, UK (2014); Art Dubai, Dubai, UAE (2013); 75th Anniversary, October Gallery, London, UK (2009). Among his recent group exhibitions feature Art 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Somerset House, London, UK (2014); Transmission Part 2, Tasneem Gallery, Barcelona, Spain (2012); I See You, Tasneem Gallery, Barcelona, Spain (2010); Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa (2008/09/10/11).

Biography courtesy of Africa First.

Harry Kantor (1934-2019), a Capetonian, moved to Harare in the late 1950s. He supported local art institutions such as the National Gallery of Zimbabwe and Gallery Delta, serving as Chairman of both institutions. He promoted Zimbabwe's artists globally and amassed over 300 works, including European and indigenous African painters, Victorian and Chinese pieces. His collection includes significant roots of early Zimbabwean painting. Five paintings from his collection are on display at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Arts' exhibition "When We See Us", featuring African figurative art.

Lots 51-62 can be viewed on our current Timed Online Auction, and lot 75 in our Curatorial Voices Auction, both taking place on the 28th of February.


The Harry Kantor Collection. 

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