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