Thu. Oct 17th, 2019

Aspire Art Auctions’ winter sale begins soon

This art sale promises to be spectacular.

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In a South African art world seemingly obsessed by quantity and price, and by the same roster of artists deemed valuable by the wider auction market, Aspire’s latest sale to be held in Johannesburg on June 2 is a breath of fresh air, presenting a focused and insightfully compiled selection of top-quality modern and contemporary art.

What can we expect from the sale?

The company’s commitment to innovation in different parts of the market has led to a bold and signature move for Aspire in this sale, which features a special section dedicated to photography.

Alexis Preller

Aspire is also capable of looking after the auction market’s big signatures – none more so in this sale than the offer of the very last painting worked on by Alexis Preller before his death. Forensic analysis by Gerard de Kamper’s team at the University of Pretoria showed that Preller had deliberately painted a border around the Christ Head pictured in the work (which gives the painting its name), prior to adding more detail had he remained alive. It goes on sale at estimates of R4,000,000 – 6,000,000.

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William Kentridge

Aspire has an established reputation for achieving high prices for contemporary work, and has led the industry in the introduction, growth and development of this significant market at auction. A strong showing in this sale is led by a drawing from South Africa’s international star William Kentridge. His work Untitled (Woman and Café), from 1992, relates in its subject matter to Kentridge’s early animated films.

Sekoto, Pemba, Hassan and Nhlengethwa

Showing once again its commitment to the development of value in different market segments, Aspire also has a burgeoning track record in selling the work of previously under-represented black artists. This auction has one of the biggest complements of black modernist and contemporary work on sale of any South African auction house to date, including works by Sekoto, Pemba, Hassan, Nhlengethwa and many others.


The groundbreaking photography segment of the sale features a wide range of the most important and influential South African photographers, with some of their best work. These include Pieter Hugo, David Goldblatt and Zanele Muholi, star of this year’s Venice Biennale.

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Auction details

Aspire Art Auctions Winter 19 sale

Date: 2 June, 2019

Venue: Gordon Institute of Business Science, 26 Melville Road, Illovo, Johannesburg.

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