Aspire Art Auctions’ online sale featuring a collection of modern and contemporary art, ceramics, collectibles and books, runs from August 24 to 31 2021.
In celebration of Women’s Month, the sale opens with an offering of more than 60 lots, exclusively by important woman artists such as Penny Siopis, Marlene Dumas, Esther Mahlangu, Deborah Bell, Lisa Brice, Noria Mabasa, Nandipha Mntambo, Turiya Magadlela, Joni Brenner, Ruby Swinney, Teresa Kutala Firmino, Cecily Sash, Judith Mason, Helen Sebidi and more.
For the third consecutive year, Aspire is auctioning a selection of works within the Winter Collection to support the Blessing Ngobeni Art Prize (BNAP), founded by artist Blessing Ngobeni. Having personally benefited from the positive impact of the arts, Ngobeni has made it his mission to give back, annually, through the self-founded prize which assists young and emerging artists in launching professional careers by providing a studio residency and a solo exhibition.
For this year’s award, works have been contributed by co-founders Blessing Ngobeni and Teresa Kutala Firmino, as well as Asanda Kupa, Partick Seruwu, Themba Khumalo and Percy Maimela, among others.
Women in Art: The Art of Looking at Art, a visual and art-focused discussion also takes place on August 25 alongside the two auctions. Research published in Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts in 2017 shows the average person spends more than 27 seconds looking at a work of art (ARTCritique: Leonadis Kalai 4 April 2019). The aim of this discussion is to encourage people to spend more time engaging with works of art.
PANEL DISCUSSION: THE ART OF LOOKING AT ART
Date: Wednesday, August 25
Aspire Art Auctions has invited a group of formidable women in art to share just how they look at art.
Hosted and chaired by Makgati Molebatsi, senior art specialist, the discussion was inspired by Slow Art Day, a global initiative that aims to assist more people to discover for themselves the joy of looking at and enjoying art. This visual and art-focused discussion will focus on a selection of artworks from the auctions and aims to encourage people to spend more time engaging with works of art.
Selecting artworks from the auction, each panelist will reveal their thoughts on themes, styles and subject matter, detailing every aspect to encourage newfound appreciation and value.
Panel members include:
* Dr Sizakele Marutlulle: art collector and patron
* Teresa Kutala Firmino: artist and BNAP co-founder
* Turiya Magadlela: artist
For the rabologists — five group lots of collectable canes and walking sticks from the Peter Schütz (1942-2008) collection will be available. Schütz, a well-loved sculptor and teacher, won the Standard Bank Young Artist Award in 1984, the Cape Town Triennial Gold Medal in 1988, and represented SA in Chile and Morocco at official presentations. He taught at top tertiary institutions, including the Technikon Natal and the Wits University. These lots present a rare opportunity to acquire a piece of SA art history.
Notably, collectible books about prominent artists such as Maggie Laubser, J.H. Pierneef, Gerard Sekoto, and Walter Battiss will be on offer, with a group lot of books on Nelson Mandela, one of which is signed by the great statesman. Two lots of Brenthurst Press first and second series volumes, about SA history, will entice collectors of Africana. The collection includes nine editions from David Goldblatt, six of which are signed by the prominent photographer, and five William Kentridge books, which are all signed.
The Ardmore Design ceramics studio is well represented in nine lots of various utilitarian sculptures and vessels, created by Zulu artists in the Natal Midlands, adding a colourful display of playful African works to the fold. Additionally, ceramic artworks by Hylton Nel and Noria Mabasa complement the offering.
Collectors of Contemporary Art have much to look forward to, including paintings by Zemba Luzamba, Nelson Makamo, Bambo Sibiya, Sam Nhlengethwa, Andrew Verster and Johannes Phokela, among others.
* This article was paid for by Aspire Art Auctions.