By Edward Tsumele, CITYLIFE/ARTS Editor
If you have been looking for one platform where you can view and possibly buy art pieces from well-known African artists that include Gerad Sekoto, Cinga Samson William Kentridge, Nelson Makamo, Zanele Muholi, Simphiwe Ndzube, Athi-Patra Ruga, Cyrus Kabiru (Kenya) and Wycliffe Mundopa (Zimbabwe), you do not need to look further than Strauss &Co.’ new curatorial initiative Curatorial Voices. This platform features art works for auction that have been curated by some of the prominent names on the contemporary art scene on the African continent. It is debuting in Cape Town on February 28, 2023.
“Strauss & Co, Africa’s leading auction house, is pleased to announce details of the extraordinary artworks appearing in its new auction and exhibition, Curatorial Voices: Modern and Contemporary Art from Africa. A dynamic collaboration between Strauss & Co and various industry experts, Curatorial Voices gathers exceptional paintings by important historical artists like Ablade Glover (Ghana), Pilipili Mulongoy (DR Congo) and Gerard Sekoto (South Africa), as well as striking contemporary pieces by the likes of Pierre-ChristopheGam (Cameroon), Cyrus Kabiru (Kenya) and Wycliffe Mundopa (Zimbabwe).
Given Strauss & Co’s South African home, Curatorial Voices also includes a strong selection by leading South African artists, among them William Kentridge, Nelson Makamo, Zanele Muholi, Simphiwe Ndzube, Athi-Patra Ruga and Cinga Samson. A curated preview exhibition showcasing these artists will open on Wednesday, 15 February 2023, at Strauss & Co’s new office and gallery in Woodstock, Cape Town, and coincides with the 2023 edition of the Investec Cape Town Art Fair. The auction itself will take place on Tuesday, 28 February 2023, with the lots split across a timed online-only day sale and curated evening live sale,” says a statement released by Strauss & Co. ahead of the auction next week.
“There is a palpable energy in our viewing room in Cape Town as an exciting selection of works from across the African continent by both established and emerging artists come together,” says Kirsty Colledge, Head of Art Department, Cape Town. “Vibrating with colour, textures and different voices, we are very proud to present these works from Africa, for Africa, to the world.”
The Exhibition is open for viewing daily from 10 -5pm, Saturday 10 – 5pm, Sunday 10 -1pm at Brickfield Canvas – 2nd Floor, 35 Brickfield Road, Woodstock. There will be a walkabout of the exhibition with the specialists at 11am on Saturday 25th.