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Strauss & Co to launch first-ever dedicated contemporary art sale in South Africa's oldest working harbour
Posted on February 2, 2018.

Penny Siopis, Cake, 1982, Oil and found objects on canvas (90 x 120cm)

Strauss & Co is pleased to announce details of its first-ever dedicated contemporary art sale, due to be held on 17 February 2018. The venue for the 71-lot sale is an impressive former warehouse overlooking the Duncan Docks, a harbour facility at the Port of Cape Town.

Formerly a cold-storage facility it now forms part of a complex of buildings being transformed by the V&A Waterfront into a multi-billion-rand cruise liner terminal and is located a convenient five-minute walk from the V&A Waterfront’s Silo District and Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa.

The sale, which focuses on outstanding examples of contemporary art made by South African, African and diaspora artists, will coincide with the Cape Town Art Fair (16-18 February 2018). This pace-setting event at the start of the 2018 South African art calendar is held annually in the Cape Town International Convention Centre, very close to Duncan Dock.

Robert Hodgins, Drunk in the Docks, 1996/7, Oil on canvas (90 x 120cm)

Highlights from the contemporary sale include:

  • an important charcoal and pastel drawing by William Kentridge from his film Felix in Exile (1994), estimates R2-2.5 million;
  • an early Cake (1983) painting by Penny Siopis, estimates R600 000 - R 800 000;
  • Joachim Schönfeldt’s esteemed portfolio of 27 painted and embossed works on paper, The Model Men (2000-12), estimates R800 000 - R1.2 million; and
  • a pyramid sculpture, Third World Disorder (2010), by Kendell Geers, estimates R600 000 - R800 000.
  • Robert Hodgins, Drunk in the docks, estimates R800 000 - 1 200 000

    The sale also includes works by noted contemporary painters, such as Lisa Brice, Kate Gottgens, Georgina Gratrix, Helen Sebidi and Jessica Webster, as well as striking early works by Zander Blom and Ayanda Mabulu. Recognising the emergence of photography in the period since 1990, photographic works by Leonce Raphael Agbodjélou, Kudzanai Chiurai, Abrie Fourie, Cyrus Kabiru, David Goldblatt, Mohau Modisakeng, Tracey Rose, Mikhael Subotzky and Guy Tillim will be offered.

    "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," said Strauss & Co chairperson, Frank Kilbourn. Together with Strauss & Co’s joint managing directors, Bina Genovese and Vanessa Phillips, Kilbourn has been instrumental in guiding the company towards a more diversified offering that now includes six online auctions and a contemporary sale as well as their four live auctions.

    Left: Willem Boshoff, Spoondance, 2013 | Right: Mohau Modisakeng, Untitled (Frame XXVI)

    An illustrated catalogue, with detailed entries on each lot, accompanies Strauss & Co’s contemporary sale. The sale will take place at Cruise Terminal, E Berth, Duncan Docks, Duncan Road, V&A Waterfront on Saturday, 17 February 2018, at 6pm.

    Contemporary Art Auction

    Saturday 17 February 2018 at 6.00pm

    Lots 1-71


    Block B, Cape Town Cruise Terminal

    Duncan Road, V&A Waterfront

    GPS Co-ordinates: S -33º91040 E 18º42587


    15 February, 10am to 5pm

    16 - 17 February, 10am to 6pm


    Thursday 15 February at 11am

    Saturday 17 February at 12.30pm


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