A curated collection of 103 lots will be on offer, spanning paintings, photographs, drawings and sculpture from both the 20th and 21st centuries. It promises to be an unmissable event for all those interested in Contemporary African art, a market indisputably on the rise with promising investment potential. Ahead of next week’s auction, our Modern & Contemporary African art expert Fraser Brough has highlighted three standout works set to go under the hammer, with comments below.
Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga, Influence, est. £25,000 - £35,000
"Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga’s Influence will be one of the most closely-watched works at the auction, and will almost certainly sell over estimate. The question is, to what multiple? Ilunga’s record has been broken in this sale for the last two years running, and this sale includes two works, an interesting test for the strength of his market. Whatever happens, Influence remains a very strong work, striking in its elegant simplicity and with the crucifix a potent symbol for much of the artist’s practice, the ‘influence’ of Christianity in the Congo having had such a strong effect on national culture."
Ablade Glover, People, est. £15,000 - 20,000
"This crowd scene by the 85-year-old painter Ablade Glover is a classic of its type, which is arguably the artist’s most iconic body of work. Serving as something of a grandfather figure to much of the West African art scene, Glover finds a balance between figuration and abstraction that has brought West African painting into modernity. While it may not fly too far past its estimate, Glover’s market is one of the strongest and most stable in the sale."
El Anatsui, Pilgrims, est. £40,000 - 60,000
"It is sometimes forgotten that before he made his glimmering bottle-top ‘cloths’, El Anatsui had been making this type of wooden, wall-mounted sculpture for almost twenty years. While the market has yet to fully awake to this body of work, institutional collections are beginning to; they contain so much of the art of the later cloths, and in that sense represent excellent value for private collectors. This work has been made with enormous energy, hacked at by a chainsaw and with some parts of the wood burned with a blowtorch, while other parts are very delicate, the compartmentalisation of the pieces precluding the artist’s later use of bottle-tops. In this work there is also an area of figuration in the boat full of pilgrims to the left, which is rare."
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