In the train by George Pemba, oil on board, 1991.
In the train by George Pemba, oil on board, 1991.
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Aspire Art Auctions will present Art, Life and Love: The Collection of Mikki and Nwabisa Xayiya, in Johannesburg from October 25-31. This single-owner auction will include 300 works collected by the couple.

Nwabisa died earlier in 2021, and this repository is a reflection of the couple’s love for local, African and international art. George Pemba’s brilliant palette, alongside urban scenes by Gerard Sekoto, headline the modern art catalogue, alongside a rarely seen Alexis Preller, a Robert Hodgins and a selection of Dumile Feni’s early work until his New York period.

The contemporary offering encompasses outstanding works by David Koloane, William Kentridge, Sam Nhlengethwa, Blessing Ngobeni, Kudzanai Chiurai, Nelson Makamo, Owusu-Ankomah and Nicholas Hlobo, among others.

Sculptural pieces and works by notable modernist sculptors include Deborah Bell, Edoardo Villa, Ezrom Legae and Sydney Kumalo.

The auction, which is previewing at Xayiya House in Houghton, Johannesburg, is a celebration of Nwabisa’s life and legacy, and will go live auction on October 31. One hundred items of the collection will go under the hammer in a physical and live-streamed auction, and the remainder of the collection will be exclusively online from now until November 1.

• View the e-catalogue here.

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