Contemporary SA Art is the Star of Stephan Welz & Co. Auction

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Conrad Botes, Norman Catherine, Diane Victor and Brett Murray are amongst the artists featured in a special selection of contemporary South African works, which will be a key component of the Stephan Welz & Co. Decorative and Fine Arts Auction on 19 – 20 November in Johannesburg.

“We’ve been highlighting South African contemporary art in our November auction for three years now, which is our way of wrapping up the year on a high note,” said Imre Lamprecht of Stephan Welz & Co. “But throughout the year, we work hard to support and grow the contemporary art market in South Africa, which is at its most exciting ever. Without a doubt, this is a very good time to buy, and the selection we’ve put together is a must-see for any serious collector.”

Among the collectable contemporary works are Blue Face by Conrad Botes, an oil on reverse glass valued at R 40 000 – R 60 000, The Politician, a painting by Norman Catherine, with an estimate of R 200 000 – R 300 000, and Killed Twice, a work by Brett Murray which proclaims ‘Biko is Dead’, and formed part of Murray’s solo exhibition at the Goodman Gallery in 2012.  Other important artists in the collection are Lionel Smit, Simon Stone and Robert Hodgins, whose Night Points, is valued at R 500 000 – R 1 000 000.

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Hodgins, who died in 2010, is also prominently featured in the private collection of Graham Flax, which will be auctioned on Tuesday, 19 November. Flax was an art lover with a discerning eye for recognising talent, and encouraged and supported young artists by acquiring their work. He had a close friendship with Hodgins, and purchased many canvases directly from the artist. Thirteen works by Hodgins will be auctioned as part of The Collection of Graham Flax, which also contains works from artists as varied as Pippa Ann Skotnes, Conrad Botes and Sanell Aggenbach.

While these two sections are the primary contemporary anchors of the sale, there are many other collectable South African works which will be auctioned, including several original pieces by Walter Battiss.

Battiss, who died in 1982, was a founding member of The New Group. He intentionally developed erotic and sexual imagery that would spark debate and infuriate the censor during the 1970’s in apartheid South Africa, and was also the first South African artist to represent rock art from a purely aesthetic point of view. Two of his most important works to be auctioned are the recto verso Rock Engravings/Nude Figures, estimated at R 500 000 – R 800 000, and Composition of Still Lifes, valued at R 200 000 – R 300 000.

Anyone can bid for pieces online via www.the-saleroom.com, Europe’s leading portal for live art and antiques auctions, which is now operating in South Africa.  Users of the website can search catalogues and place their bids over the internet in real-time, with live audio and video feeds recreating the auction room atmosphere – all from the comfort of their laptop or computer.

The Stephan Welz & Co. Decorative and Fine Arts Auction will take place on Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 November 2013 at 13 Biermann Avenue, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Pre-auction viewing will take place at no charge daily from Wednesday 13 November to Sunday 17 November.

For more information contact 011 880 3125 or jhb@stephanwelzandco.co.za.  The auction catalogue can be viewed at www.stephanwelzandco.co.za.

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