Strauss & Co is pleased to announce the second of its contemporary art auctions, taking place at the Cape Town Cruise Terminal, V&A Waterfront on 16 February 2019. The auction lots will be on view from 14-16 February and the preview is free of charge.
Strauss & Co is pleased to announce the second of its contemporary art sales, the only such sale in South Africa devoted exclusively to this exciting category. The announcement of this 107-lot sale, due to be held on 16 February during the run of the Investec Cape Town Art Fair (15 – 17 February), coincides with news that Jack Ginsberg, noted Johannesburg collector and philanthropist, has joined the board of Strauss & Co.
Highlights from the forthcoming sale, which will once again be held at the Cape Town Cruise Terminal of the V&A Waterfront, include rare early works by Marlene Dumas and William Kentridge, among South Africa’s most celebrated artists internationally. Although largely focussed on South African artists, the sale includes a robust selection of works by established and emergent contemporary artists from Africa and beyond. Alongside lots by Japanese artist Takashi Murakami and London-based German photographer Wolfgang Tillmans, there are pieces by two Beninese artists, Leonce Raphael Agbodjélou and Thierry Oussou, as well as Congolese painter Chéri Cherin.
Support and interest in contemporary art is growing, both among private individuals and corporate benefactors, with Cape Town emerging as the premier location to showcase this innovative category of art. “Strauss & Co is proud to endorse contemporary art as a category worthy of its own dedicated sale,” said Bina Genovese, Strauss & Co’s joint managing director, of the company’s decision to hold the sale in Cape Town. “Our strategic decision to host the auction at the same time as the Investec Cape Town Art Fair has, we believe, added another important dimension to the programming of Art Week Cape Town (6 – 17 February 2019). There is now a close alliance between the primary and secondary markets, providing momentum for expansion across both markets, which will ultimately benefit artists.”
Strauss & Co’s contemporary art sale will take place on Saturday, 16 February and is supported by a dedicated catalogue and detailed programme of educational and social events.