Strauss & Co is hosting a single-artist sale of Irma Stern on June 8. Stern is considered one of SA’s foremost artists in terms of public recognition and the record prices that her works fetch at auction.
Titled Irma Stern: Time | Line, the sale encompasses 140 works from the Irma Stern Trust Collection and other private properties, featuring paintings, drawings, prints, books and a stoneware piece, spanning the entirety of her career.
Trustees of the Irma Stern Trust have released 124 artworks from its collection, many of which haven’t been exhibited before. As stipulated in Stern’s will and testament, the sale will further fine arts within and outside SA.
Etchings and drawings of female subjects from the 1950s start with estimates from R10,000. The sale also includes her works from private collections, such as a terracotta vase from the Shill Collection. Stern’s highly personal style and passion within the expressive potential of art, focused on the individuality and particularity of her subjects, setting her apart from her contemporaries.
The auction is supported by an exhibition, education programme and a detailed print catalogue. The public can view the works at a special preview exhibition at Welgemeend Manor House (June 2-8).
Dr Kathy Wheeler, curator of the Irma Stern Trust Collection, will be in conversation with Strauss & Co senior art specialist Matthew Partridge on June 4 at 10am at the exhibition venue. The talk will be followed by a walkabout with Strauss & Co specialists at 11 am. The auction starts at 6pm on June 8 and will be run as a live virtual auction.