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Suited for Power at Strauss & Co

  22 February 2012     Archived

All eyes are on Robert Hodgins A Gentleman from Mexico coming up at Strauss & Cos next auction of important South African and international art to be held at the Country Club Johannesburg at Woodmead on 11 June 2012.

Strauss & Co has broken all auction records for Hodgins in a run of remarkable successes starting with his A Seated Figure, Red Room that sold for R356 480 in May 2011, followed by Greenpiece ’99 No 3 (A Godson of the Godfather) selling for R612 700 in September 2011 and culminating in Igor Stravinsky & Four Women that exceeded all expectations in February this year when it sold for R724 100.

Hodgins occupies a unique position in South African art. According to Kendell Geers, indisputably one of South Africa’s leading contemporary artists and former curator of the Gencor Collection, now the BHP Billiton Collection:
“Very few artists in the world command the respect and admiration of their peers in the way Robert Hodgins does, a reverence often verging on cult status. In South Africa he is the quintessential artist’s artist, a guru for four generations, a point of reference for every self-respecting curator, and a voice of reason where video has all but killed the painting star.”

A Gentleman from Mexico
forms part of Hodgins’ inimitable collection of businessmen, suited-up in the trappings of power and ready to engage the world. However, this gentleman could just as well be a denizen of the underworld, a dodgy dealer or a smooth tango master.

Strauss & Co’s Johannesburg auction will include a stellar line-up of South Africa’s most-sought artists alongside a selection of international art.

Text by Emma Bedford, Senior Arts Specialist

Monday 11 June 2012
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Evening Sale at 8 pm
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