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Modern and Contemporary Art Headlines Strauss Auction


  21 January 2015     Archived


Some of the very best in South African and international modern and contemporary art is on offer at Strauss & Co's upcoming auction scheduled for 16 March 2014 at the Vineyard Hotel, Newlands in Cape Town, including key contemporary works by globally recognised artists such as Berlinde De Bruyckere, Nam June Paik, Huang Gang, William Kentridge and Penny Siopis.

De Bruyckere, who was the solo artist in the Belgian Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013, curated by J M Coetzee, conceived of Schmerzensmann III (R2 500 000 – 3 500 000), as a powerful reflection on humanity. Internet Dweller: mpbdcg.ten.sspv (R800 000 – 1 200 000), was produced in 1994 by Nam June Paik, who associated with Joseph Beuys and John Cage and participated in the Neo-Dada movement, Fluxus, of which Yoko Ono was also a member.

Lot 596 Nam June Pail
Lot 596 Nam June Paik 'Internet Dweller: mpbdcg.ten.sspv' R800 000 - R1 200 000

Vladimir Tretchikoff’s sensational Zulu Maiden tops the local list at R1 900 000 – 2 200 000. A rare early portrait of his son, Joseph, by Wolf Kibel (R1 500 000 – 2 000 000), Alexis Preller’s Mapogga Wedding (R800 000 – 1 200 000) and two paintings by Jacob Hendrik Pierneef, the impressive Wild Pear Trees (R600 000 – 900 000) and the rare casein, Storm Clouds and Trees (R350 000 – 500 000) are all major works. Robert Hodgins in J’accuse (R700 000 – 1 000 000) provides a brilliant dissection of the notorious Dreyfus Affair. Medley by Walter Battiss at R700 000 – 900 000 should excite the kind of bidding that saw Medley No I knocked down for R1 250 480 on Strauss’s Johannesburg auction in June 2014.

Amongst the works by top South African artists, Ed Young’s Arch (R450 000 – 550 000) is set to fly. Along with Berlinde De Bruyckere’s Schmerzensmann III, this will be on view in the foyer of the Vineyard Hotel from 20 February 2015.

Press contact:
Bina Genovese, bina@straussart.co.za 021 683 6560

 


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