A carefully curated single-owner collection of contemporary art from the continent and beyond is going to auction by Aspire Auctions. Titled The Present Future, the sale is divided into an online and live collection, allowing buyers two opportunities to participate.
The live auction will take place at Aspire Art in Johannesburg in a physical and live-streamed event on Wednesday June 22 at 6pm, while the online-only auction opens on Thursday June 16 and closes on Thursday June 23.
The sale is led by two tapestries by Athi-Patra Ruga that critique convention with playful imagery. Artworks by Wycliffe Mundopa, Serge Alain Nitegeka and Mohau Modisakeng are other highlights of the sale.
Encompassing over 100 lots, the collection is representative of Africa in the present and into the future. Notably, Cape Town conceptual artist Ed Young’s sculptural installation titled Hero will be available for viewing and purchase.
Ruarc Peffers, the MD of Aspire Art says that “Aspire Art is the leading auction house for late-20th century and contemporary art in Africa, for Africa. Our most recent single-owner collection — Art, Life and Love: The Collection of Nwabisa Xayiya in 2021 — demonstrated this fact unequivocally.
“We are proud to follow this up with a new single-owner collection of leading contemporary art from Africa and further afield, comprising some of the finest examples from many of SA’s leading contemporary visionaries.
Aspire has become known for bringing the most exciting and top artists of tomorrow to auction, and this collection honours that commitment — for the collectors of today, we present to you a collection of tomorrow.”
Collectors and art lovers are invited to view the collection from Thursday June 9 at Aspire Art in Johannesburg and the online collection will be on view at Aspire Art in Cape Town.
Auction dates and information
General Preview Opening — Walkabout with Ed Young
Saturday June 11 at 11am
Thursday June 9 to Wednesday June 22
Weekdays: 09.30am-4.30pm & Saturdays: 9.30am-1.00pm
1. Live auction - Johannesburg
Live auction to be held in Aspire Art Johannesburg on Wednesday June 22 at 6pm.
32 Bolton Road, Parkwood, Johannesburg, 2193
2. Cape Town-based exhibition of the online component
Starts: Thursday June 16 at 9am
Ends: Thursday June 23 at 6pm
The collection will be on display at Aspire Art, Cape Town from June 9-22.
37A Somerset Road, De Waterkant, Cape Town, 8051