Strauss & Co, the world’s foremost auction house for South African art, is delighted to announce details of its forthcoming Johannesburg sale at the Wanderers Club on 20 May. Following shortly on the company’s recording-breaking R106-million sale in Cape Town, this offering includes important artworks by moderns Alexis Preller, Irma Stern and Anton van Wouw, as well as contemporaries William Kentridge, Penny Siopis and Athi-Patra Ruga.

In February, Strauss & Co established a new benchmark when it sold a vibrant photograph by multimedia artist Athi-Patra Ruga for R1.7 million. The forthcoming sale includes an early tapestry by Ruga, Ilulwane … he’s not one of youz (estimate R200 000 – 300 000), produced shortly after his breakout textiles inspired by Irma Stern.

Other notable contemporary artists with works on this sale are Deborah Bell, Zander Blom, Willem Boshoff, Georgina Gratrix, Moshekwa Langa and – cresting high following his work’s appearance on the cover of Time magazine – Nelson Makamo, whose 2014 charcoal drawing Power over Love (estimate R150 000 – 200 000) is a fine example of his pathos-infused work.

The forthcoming sale includes a soft focus on artists who were or are still educators, with works by prominent teachers such as Bill Ainslie, Karel Nel, Cecil Skotnes and Penny Siopis. Cake: Treats (estimate R400 000 – 600 000) is an early “cake” painting by Siopis made in 1982, when she was still teaching art in Durban, while Nel’s Presence: Leaf Shrine, North Island, Seychelles (estimate R400 000 – 600 000) from 2014 dates from his last years at Wits University, where he taught alongside Siopis.

Strauss & Co will host a preview of its innovative, education-themed sale at the Wanderers Club, Johannesburg, from Friday 17 May to Sunday 19 May, from 10 am to 5 pm. The sale commences on Monday 20 May at 15h00, with the premier Evening Sale starting at 19h00.

Find out more on their website here…

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