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April 2009 Subscription 180 p.a Print & Distribution. 9 000 copies. Includes The Business Art Supplement



Nandipha Mntambo, Praa de Touros I, 2008 (Detail, see overleaf for full image) Courtesy of Michael Stevenson

Traditional South African art set to dominate Johannesburg April AuctionStephan Welz & Company, in association with Sothebys, has announced their autumn auction of Fine & Decorative Arts, Furniture, Silver, Ceramics, Books & Jewellery. This Johannesburg auction of 900 lots will be held in the companys Biermann Avenue, Rosebank sale rooms on 20 & 21 April 2009. The sale is of remarkably broad appeal, though the spread of highly prized paintings by South African artists is sure to dominate the sale. One of the most unique offerings from the companys paintings department is the Irma Stern (Lot 225) which comprises the hauntingly beautiful Portrait of a girl in a Red Frock (recto) and the sombre Samuel Stern (verso). The latter is the only known portrait of Sterns father and the painting is illustrated on page 12 of Marion Arnolds work Irma Stern; A Feast for the Eye. This work was presented by the artist to her cousin and thence by descent. It is conservatively estimated at R800 000 R1 200 000. Of equal significance in a historical sense is the sales cover lot, the dramatic pastel and charcoal work which draws on William Joseph Kentridges earlier bitingly satirical work of the mid-1980s featuring a dancing couple under the oppressive structures of industrialisation and apartheid. The Highveld Style Masked Ball (Lot 329) is signed and dated 88, sized 95.5 x 70cm and estimated at R500 000 R700 000. From a remarkable array of traditional South African artists there are significant works from Krige, Sumner, Battiss, Boshoff, Koenakeefe-Mohl, Boonzaier, Bhengu and Pemba and others, like Pieter Wenning. The latters A Cape Homestead demonstrates the vitality of Wennings brushwork with which he imbued scenes of the Cape. This painting is Lot 224, estimated at R500 000 R800 000. Lot 218, Landscape with Distant Houses by Jacob Hendrik Pierneef (R400 000 R600 000) is notable for Pierneefs brave impressionism lending it almost infinite depth. The furniture on offer brings to the market extremely sought-after examples of Cape craftsmanship in yellowwood and stinkwood. Of particular note are Lots 580 and 585, the former being a generously proportioned gate-leg table dating from the 18th century and estimated at R40 000 R60 000. Lot 585 is a beautiful cupboard from the 19th century at R30 000 R50 000. Other furniture items of note include a late 19th/early 20th century carved mahogany serving table with six fluted legs and carved ramshead details (Lot 546, R60 000 R80 000). Mirroring the trend evidenced in previous auctions by the company in both Cape Town and Johannesburg, the selection of quality silver is certain to attract enthusiastic bidding. Lot 612 is a pair of 20th century French silver tureens (950 standard) from Henin & Cie, estimated at R8 000 R12 000. Also vying for attention are Lot 662, a George lll silver coffee pot by William & James Priest, London 1766 (R14 000 R18 000) and Lot 677, an Edwardian silver revolving top breakfast dish from 1908 (R8 000 R12 000). The companys jewellery department has again turned in comes with a bound pouch, and is from the short production run of annual calendar wristwatches made with moon phases. Its estimate is R160 000 R180 000. A similar model recently realised almost double that in New York!

a sparkling performance. With over 200 lots, highlights abound, including Lot 709, a solitaire diamond ring of 5,0330cts estimated at R70 000 R90 000, Lot 714, a magnificent late Victorian hinged 15ct gold bangle (R7 000 R9 000) and Lots 824 and 825, respectively a Bulgari cased Cicladi diamond pendant on a chain (R10 000 R15 000) and a Bulgari cased Lucea diamond ring (R12 000 R15 000). Two lots from two different departments give further weight to this sales unusually broad appeal. There are two cannons on offer, one of them, Lot 447, being an early 18th century Finbanker 4-pounder on a twin-tailed carriage, estimated at R80 000 R100 000. As a final example of this sales appeal, Lot 507 is a gentlemans fine 18ct white gold automatic wristwatch by Patek Philippe. It is certificated (ref 5036),

Lot 84, 6 volumes of Voyagien na Oost en West-Indien R200 000 R210 000 Enquiries: + 27 11 880 3125 Auction: Monday 20 April 14h00 and 19h00 Tuesday 21 April 10h00, 14h00 and 18h30 Venue: 13 Biermann Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg Viewing: Friday 17 April 10h00 17h00 Saturday 18 April 10h00 13h00 Sunday 19 April 10h00 13h00 & 14h00 to 17h00

Announcing our Autumn Auction of

Furniture, Silver, Ceramics & JewelleryTwo days, ve sessions, 900 lots

Fine & Decorative Arts,

Lot 225 Irma Stern (South African 1894-1966)


Estimate: R800 000 - R1 200 000 AUCTION DATES: 20 & 21 APRIL 2009 VIEWING DATES: 17, 18 & 19 APRIL 2009

Johannesburg 13 Biermann Avenue, corner Oxford Road, Rosebank Telephone 011 880 3125 Facsimile 011 880 2656

April 2009 9 000 copies printed and distributed. Full version also available at RSA value R 40.00



SA Art braces itself for Joburg Art Fair

After eight years of directing the ultra-prestigious Rubell Family Collection in Miami, Mark Coetzee is now chief curator of Puma.Creative Alex Dodd The summer is nearly over, but temperatures are close to sizzling on the Joburg art scene in the run up to the second FNB Joburg Art Fair, three solid days and nights of visually driven mingling, oogling, assessment and acquisition, that kicks off on Friday (3 April) at the Sandton Convention Centre. Despite reports of a faltering international art market, FNB has renewed its commitment to the contemporary art scene in Africa, and 26 galleries have signed up to be part of what promises to be a blockbuster showcase of contemporary visual culture. FNBs backing makes a sweet kind of sense when you figure that the banks head of sponsorship is none other than Francois Pienaar. Yes, the very same Francois Pienaar that captained the Springboks in their moment of transcendent World Cup glory back in 1995, and who is now being played by Matt Damon starring opposite Morgan Freeman (as Nelson Mandela) in the Warner Brothers film based on the John Carlin book Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation. I take succour in the idea that its the same dude that helped to bring this nation together through the universal language of sport in 95 that is now, at an equally tumultuous time in this countrys history, helping to keep us together through the medium of art. Art doesnt yet have the pulling power of rugby, but I bet that most of those involved in the arts in this country will testify to the bolstering power of creativity in the face of the political cynicism and mean-spiritedness that seems to be engulfing South Africa right now. Personally, I might already have chosen to live elsewhere if it werent for the wild inventiveness of this countrys artists and writers. It might be some time (think Salvador Dalis dripping clocks) before we see an art event receive the same tumultuous support as a game at Loftus Versfeld, but I know that I am not alone in believing that the creative force of this country is even more powerful than a Springbok scrum in lockdown against the All Blacks. Yet, earlier this year, one or two gallerists did express some anxiety at the Fairs capacity to pull a significant audience of international buyers and art industry players. Luckily, those concerns were recently allayed with the advent of a watershed collaboration between the Joburg Art Fair and Puma. Creative, a platform that connects the creative world globally. The partnership with the ultra-hip global streetwear brand was forged by none other than Mark Coetzee. Yes, the very same Mark Coetzee who used to run the Mark Coetzee Fine Art Cabinet in Cape Town in the late Nineties. After eight years directing the ultra-prestigious Rubell Family Collection in Miami, Coetzee is now chief curator of Puma. (Continued on page 4)

Angels or devils - or both , either way Beezy Bailey warms things up for the unveiling of this recently completed a 4m high bronze called Fallen Angel. The angel is now on its way to the Joburg Art Fair 09 that opens on Friday 03 to Sunday 05 April 2009 Photo: Jacques de Villiers




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Art TimesApril 2009 Global Art InformationPO Box 15881 Vlaeberg, 8018 Tel. 021 424 7733 Fax. 021 424 7732 Editor: Gabriel Clark-Brown Advertising: Eugene Fisher Subscriptions: Bastienne Klein News: Shows: Artwork: Layout: Atlantic Blue Published monthly by

ART PIGAlex DoddArt Pig Column continued from Page 3 Creative and is based in Nairobi, because of his will to expand the Puma.Creative projects planned in Africa, and focused on the 2010 World Cup. So what does that mean for the Art Fair? And what does it mean for participating artists? To start with, Puma.Creative will be flying about 60 leading art world operators to Johannesburg to soak up the Art Fair action. On Thursday night, it will be hosting an invitat