Aspire Art Auctions lines up exciting new sale

06 Sep 2017

Aspire Art Auctions’ successful Winter sale in Johannesburg in July was marked by an international auction record R1,200,320 achieved for a drawing by exiled South African artist Dumile Feni, the extraordinary Children under Apartheid, as well as the successful sale of top international lot Golden Mask by renowned performance artist Marina Abramović, proving this auction house’s increasingly global reach.

Aspire also introduced its first online auction, Timed Online, that was led by Ruarc Peffers and Jacqui Carney, who pioneered online fine art auctions in South Africa. Over 200 lots featured on this sale, powered by the global Invaluable platform.

The next live auction takes place in Johannesburg in November 2017. Focusing on a carefully selected combination of historic, modern and contemporary work, the sale features some significant highlights.

The announcement recently of the consignment of a powerful work by JH Pierneef, The Commando Tree, on the road to Sibasa (1930), is now followed by the confirmation that Aspire will present a rare early drawing by William Kentridge from Mine, the third in the celebrated film series, 9 Drawings for Projection. The fourth film of the series won the artist his first major recognition and the prestigious Rembrandt Gold Medal at the Cape Town Triennial held at the South African National Gallery in 1991. Drawing from Mine depicts Johannesburg mining magnate, Soho Eckstein, in bed, about to plunge his cafetiere, which transforms into a mine shaft or periscope plunging into the world below. One of the drawings from this film is in the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institute, in Washington DC. This superb image from the internationally renowned films will be offered on auction at estimates of R1 500 000 – R2 500 000.

The sale will also present a singular work by celebrated contemporary artist Mohau Modisakeng, who was recently one of two featured artists at the much-praised SA Pavilion at the latest Venice Biennale. Ga Etsho 1 (2015) is a unique, one-off inkjet print, and a highly unusual piece by this young contemporary talent.

Commenting on the forthcoming auction, Aspire director Ruarc Peffers focuses on the quality of the contemporary work on offer: “Our last live sale was proof positive that there is an appetite in the local market for good contemporary work, with great prices being fetched for the likes of work by Kendell Geers and Guy Tillim. The Timed Online auction continued that trend, with a wide-ranging focus on the contemporary arena. While our upcoming live sale has a wealth of highly collectible work in the modern and historic idioms, this really fine Kentridge drawing stands out as one of the finest ever to come to auction.”

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JH Pierneef | The Commando Tree, on the road to Sibasa | 1930 | oil on canvas | signed and dated | 51 x 66.5 cm | R4 000 000 – 6 000 000

William Kentridge | Drawing from Mine | 1991 | charcoal and conté on paper | signed and dated | 74,5 x 90 cm | R1 500 000 – 2 500 000

Mohau Modisakeng | Ga Etsho 1 | 2015 | Ink-jet print on Epson Ultrasmooth | 98.5 x 132 cm | R150 000 – 200 000