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.


  • Walter Battiss; Ndebele Village (recto); Abstract African Figures (verso)
  • Walter Battiss; Ndebele Village (recto); Abstract African Figures (verso)
  • Walter Battiss; Ndebele Village (recto); Abstract African Figures (verso)


Lot Estimate
ZAR 250 000 - 350 000
Location
Cape Town
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About this Item

South African 1906-1982
Ndebele Village (recto); Abstract African Figures (verso)

signed

oil on canvas
49,5 by 60cm excluding frame; 67 by 77 by 4cm including frame

Notes

In addition to being a prolific painter and printmaker, Walter Battiss was a passionate student of Southern African rock art, publishing no fewer than seven books on the subject in the 1940s and 50s. The elongated figures typical of his art were directly inspired by his large collection of rock art photographs and tracings. In the 1960s, his work was characterised by a sgraffito technique (scratching images through layers of oil paint) and in the early 1970s Battiss invented an imaginary artistic construct, Fook Island, which he populated with material culture (a Fook alphabet, currency, postage stamps, passport, etc.). His numerous travels to the Middle East and to various Greek islands were constant sources of inspiration.

Provenance

Johans Borman Fine Art Gallery, Cape Town.

Private Collection.

Literature

Various Authors (1961) Our Art 2, Pretoria: The South African Association for the Advancement of Knowledge and Culture, illustrated in black and white on page 4.

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