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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Investment in Artworks

As an entrepreneurial multimedia author who is always in pursuit of investment opportunities within the creative sector, the fine arts being no exception. I too was hot on the heels of the R9,6 million sale of Amadlozi Group artworks in Johannesburg by a leading South African auction house Stephan Welz & Co. which offered a number of important works from artists in a groundbreaking group from the 1960s, including a rare and exceptional 11-panel work from Cecil Skotnes, which was commissioned in the late 1960s for a government building. The Progression was valued at R1,3 – 1,7 million, and is one of the works to be auctioned in the Fine Art and Collectables Auction in Johannesburg.

During my studies of the history of South African arts, I often read about Egon Guenther, a renowned Johannesburg gallerist who formed the short-lived Amadlozi Group in 1961, along with fellow artist Cecil Skotnes, who gave the name. Other members included Guiseppe Cattaneo, Cecily Sash, Sydney Kumalo and Edoardo Villa. Amadlozi means “spirit of our ancestors”, and artworks produced by the group reflected an African influence. “The group also facilitated the emergence of talented black artists during the restrictive apartheid years,” according to Imre Lamprecht, Head of the Art Department at Stephan Welz & Co, “allowing artists like Sydney Kumalo and Lucas Sithole to come to the forefront and achieve international acclaim.”

Completed in 1971, Skotnes’s The Progression was saved from a government auction and preserved by its current owner, according to Lamprecht, who adds that “the phrase ‘historically significant’ does not begin to describe the work. The panels are representative of the visual language which Skotnes developed, reflective of his fascination with archaeology, ancient cultures and the concept of hidden, elusive or dormant histories.” “Amadlozi artists, many of whom were sculptors primarily, have had great success on the market over the last few years,” adds Lamprecht. “They are well-respected and well-collected, and are always in big demand.”

 Artists like Cecily Sash and Lucas Sithole, which are both represented in the sale. Sithole, who died in 1994, is best known for his sculptures in indigenous wood. The two sculptures to be auctioned are Changing His Mind (Lena Nangale) was valued at R250 000 – R350 000 and What Are You Hiding , which had an estimated value of R150 000 – R200 000. Born in 1924, Cecily Sash is equally considered an artist and an art teacher. Her long and distinguished career is firmly rooted in South Africa, although she chose exile in England in 1974 less for political and social reasons than for personal and artistic ones. Sash’s two works to be auctioned are Cartograph I, which was valued at R30 000 – R40 000, and Bird with Ribbons, which features her characteristic anthropomorphic birds and was valued at R25 000 – R35 000.

Sense of Place: Conveying two very different South African landscapes – The Rustenberg Kloof and the Bo Kaap – with equal passion are the 20th century masterpieces by Jacob Pierneef and Freida Lock to be auctioned. The lush flora in Rustenberg , painted in a mature style by Pierneef, was executed in pastel colours that strongly hint that the work was painted during autumn 1942. The painting was valued at R600 000 – R800 000. Freida Lock, whose artistic career was a tumultuous one, painted The Mosque, Bo-Kaap , a scene not far from her house on Cape Town’s Bree Street. It had an estimated value of R500 000 – R800 000.

Twenty-First Century Talent: Mexican born Georgina Gratrix has lived and worked in Cape Town for many years, and is one of the most exciting and innovative young artists currently on the South African contemporary art scene. Part mocking, part criticism, part play, Gratrix’s work offers an inverted visual take on the world, as is evident in her painting My Friend , which was valued at R30 000 – R50 000. Another hot contemporary artist is Matthew Hindley, whose 2012 work Dirt and Agency, was recently exhibited in Hungary. In this painting, which was valued at R50 000 – R90 000, the confronting issues of love, sexuality and death are explored in a dark and mesmerising way.

It’s a stark contrast to Conrad Botes’ Tree of Knowledge, a colourful quadryptich based on a religious theme from an artist often described as the torchbearer of the Post-Pop movement in South Africa. Botes’ work had an estimated value of R100 000 – R 160 000......
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