Art
Leave a comment

Under the Hammer

Selections takes a look at this season’s auction highlights

The South African Sale
Bonham’s, London, March 16

If the Armory Show’s 2016 focus on contemporary African art is any indication, work from Africa and the African diaspora is not only trending, but picking up steam as a sustainable investment. Lovers of the Rainbow Nation and its diverse artistic traditions can bid on South African modern art in London, with a few lots remaining accessible to green collectors.
Although not as experimental as today’s Mary Sibande and the Essop Brothers, these pieces are more than the stereotypical stuff of leaping lions and rural Transkei farm scenes — although Irma Stern’s preening Swazi Youth (Lot #9) and After Anton Van Waouw’s Bushman Hunter sculpture (Lot #1) are sufficient inspiration to make anyone want to pop a copy of Out of Africa into the DVD player and book a winter safari.

After Anton van Wouw (South African, 1862-1945), The bushman hunter, bronze, 47.5 × 20 × 25cm

After Anton van Wouw (South African, 1862-1945), The bushman hunter, bronze, 47.5 × 20 × 25cm

Prints & Multiples
Sotheby’s, London, March 22

Lovers of pop art and of shoes alike will want to slip their stocking feet into Andy Warhol’s A La Recherche Du Shoe Perdu, Lot #136 at Sotheby’s Prints & Multiples sale in London. The portfolio of 16 offset lithographs, 15 of which are hand-coloured, is the major highlight of this sale, along with versions of the original factory artist’s iconic Mao and Marilyn Monroe screen prints. The Old Masters section will include Francisco Goya’s The Bulls of Bordeaux, and works by Bruegel and Rembrandt. London calling!

Andy Warhol, Marilyn Monroe, sheet: 914 by 917mm

Andy Warhol, Marilyn Monroe, sheet: 914 by 917mm


A version of this article appeared in print in Selections, The One-on-One Issue #35, on page 138.

Filed under: Art

by

Danna Lorch is a Dubai-based writer focusing on art and pop culture from the Middle East. She blogs at ‘Danna Writes’ and serves as Contributor to ArtSlant. Recent publications include The National, Jadaliyya, Contemporary Practices, Canvas, and VOGUE (India). Danna holds a graduate degree in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *