Strauss & Co closes 2021 on a positive note with its online auction only in November.
November online, part II – Guest curator: Sam Nhlengethwa; The fabulous spectacle of images; For future generations: Andile Dyalvane; The Rose Korber collection; Landscape paintings; Wine: Italy & Spain. Sessions 4 to 9
8:00 am Monday 22 November 2021 → 8:00 p.m. Monday November 29, 2021
Session 4: Guest curator: Sam Nhlengethwa
“We are delighted that multi-talented artist Sam Nhlengethwa has agreed to host a session in our auction. Among his many accomplishments, Sam co-founded the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios, a major artist-run institution with which Strauss & Co has an ongoing relationship, ”said Goodman. Nhlengethwa included an eclectic array of artwork in her selection, including 20esummaries of the century by Lucky Sibiya and Paul Blomkamp, figurative works by Willie Bester, Vuyisani Mgijima and Nelson Makamo, as well as evocative colorful paintings by artists San Emilia Karangu Muhinda and Ferciano Ndala. by Muhinda Composition with animals and trees (estimate R4,000 – 6,000) is a luminous landscape inspired by the artist’s ancestral visual heritage of the First Nations and presents pictograms of plants, animals and mythical beings. Ndala, who fled the Angolan civil war, portrays a “lost paradise” in his Composition with Elephant and Antelope (estimate R7,000 – 9,000).
Session 5: The fabulous spectacle of images
The fifth session, the “Fabulous Picture Show,” features works from the annual fundraising auction of the Friends of the Tatham art gallery in Pietermaritzburg. A highlight of this auction are four works by Sudanese artist Hussein Salim (lots 330, 331, 332 and 337, estimates R900 – 1,200) which offer collectors the opportunity to bring an international touch to their collections. ‘art. The richly textured works exhibit his signature lush impasto technique, using both ancient and contemporary personal symbolism. Salim’s works are represented in local and international public and private collections.
Session 6: For the generations to come: Andile Dyalvane
Contemporary master ceramicist and co-founder of Imiso Ceramics, Andile Dyalvane, believes in the ethics of iCamagu, an African philosophy of gratitude. All of Dyalvane’s work features a signature line that reminds her of her responsibility to leave an imprint for the next generation. One of the key lots is Nyulu (Purify), a big, charcoal-enamelled terracotta vase with hand-painted underglaze (estimate R300,000 to 400,000).
Strauss & Co is proud to present Dyalvane’s unique ceramic works at this auction in collaboration with Sanlam Private Wealth and Bakusasa Trust. Proceeds from the “For Generations to Come” session will be used to support the artist’s former school, Ngobozana Primary, in her home village of Qobo Qobo in the Eastern Cape.
Session 7: The Rose Korber collection
Art writer, gallery owner and collector Rose Korber has played an important role in promoting South African artists in the local and international art market – Oprah Winfrey and Sir Ian McKellen were among her clients.
Session 7 presents several artistic treasures from his domain, including one of William Kentridge’s famous “Nose” works. “I will never forget my first visit to Kentridge’s studio,” Korber said. He opened drawer after drawer of beautiful original drawings and prints, and what a choice! It has been one of the highlights of my career to get to know him and help promote his work over the years ”.
The aquatint, drypoint and engraving work Nose 3 (estimate R20,000 – 30,000) is part of a suite of thirty limited edition prints by Kentridge which elaborate on his production of Shostakovich’s opera, The nose, performed at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 2010.
Session 8: Landscape paintings
Lithuanian artist Pranas Domšaitis developed a distinctive painting style that merged the folk art traditions of Eastern Europe with an emerging continental expressionism. He exhibits throughout Germany and counts artists such as Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Edvard Munch among his peers. His work was deemed “degenerate” by the Nazis, which limited his career as an artist in Europe. He and his wife Adelheid Armhold moved to Cape Town after WWII when offered a position at the University of Cape Town College of Music. Lot 442, an oil on panel entitled Landscape with dwellings (estimate R30,000 – 50,000) is an extraordinary piece because it offers the buyer two paintings in one, a landscape on the front and a still life with flower vase on the back. Both paintings are executed in the artist’s expressionist style, with strong, dark colors and elongated shapes.
Session 9: Wine: Italy and Spain
Chianti Classico is one of Italy’s most famous wines. Four bottles of Chianti Classico Vigneto Bellavista, 2006, from one of Tuscany’s most iconic wineries, Castello di Ama, fall under the hammer in Strauss & Co’s list of rare Italian and Spanish wines. American wine Antonio Galloni describes it as a “masculine and authoritative wine” that is “all about the purity of the fruit and the structure, which the Bellavista has in spades”. The wine advocate, gave it a score of 96/100.
* The registration of buyers and auctioning of lots in the Strauss & Co three-part online auction in November started on Monday 22 November 2021. The first part of the sale will end at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday 28 November 2021, and the second part will end on Monday, November 29, 2021 and Part III on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, also at 8 p.m.