Debut Contemporary Art Auction

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Renowned fine art auctioneers and consultants Strauss & Co are set to launch a contemporary art sale in South Africa’s oldest working harbour. The focus of the sale is on outstanding examples of contemporary art made by South African, African and Diaspora artists.

Coinciding with the annual Investec Cape Town Art Fair, it will take place on Saturday February 17 2018. The 71-lot sale will be hosted in an impressive repurposed cold storage facility situated a 5-minute walk away from the V&A Waterfront’s Silo District and Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa.

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Penny Siopis | SOUTH AFRICAN 1953- | Cake | circa 1982 | oil and found objects on canvas | 90 x 120cm | R 60 0000 – 80 0000

Strauss & Co chairperson, Frank Kilbourn said “The launch of our first contemporary art auction during the Cape Town Art Fair heralds an exciting new direction for Strauss & Co and should, in time, further enhance our relevance and sustainability”.

The sale includes works by noted contemporary painters, such as Lisa Brice, Kate Gottgens, Georgina Gratrix, Helen Sebidi and Jessica Webster. Striking early works by Zander Blom and Ayanda Mabulu will also be showcased. Other highlights include:

    • An important charcoal and pastel drawing by William Kentridge from his film Felix in Exile (1994), estimates R2-2.5million


    • An early Cake (1983) painting by Penny Siopis, estimates R600 000 – R800 000


    • Joachim Schönfeldt’s esteemed portfolio of 27 painted and embossed works on paper, The Model Men (2000-12), estimates R800 000- R1.2 million


    • A pyramid sculpture, Third World Disorder (2010), by Kendell Geers, estimates R600 000 – R800 000


  • Robert Hodgins, Drunk in the docks, estimates R800 000 – R1.2 million


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Penny Siopis | SOUTH AFRICAN 1953- | Cake | circa 1982 | oil and found objects on canvas | 90 x 120cm | R 60 0000 – 80 0000

An illustrated catalogue with detailed entries on each lot will accompany the Strauss & Co’s contemporary sale. It will take place at Cruise Terminal, E Berth, Duncan Docks, Duncan Road, V&A Waterfront at 6pm. Previews are available on 16 – 17 February 2018 from 10am to 6pm and a walkabout will take place on Saturday 17 February 2018 at 12.30pm.

For more information enquiries and catalogues:

+27 (0) 21 683 6560

Mobile +27 (0) 78 044 8185

Fax: +27 (0) 21 683 6085


Images: Supplied