Amoako Boafo’s Auction Debut Sells for More Than Ten Times the Estimate and More News

Friday, 21 February 2020

AMOAKO BOAFO’S AUCTION DEBUT SELLS FOR MORE THAN TEN TIMES THE ESTIMATE. The Ghanaian artist’s portrait, The Lemon Bathing Suit (2019), went for £675,000 at Phillips’ Contemporary Art Sale in London on 13 February; placing him in the top ten lots of the sale and making him an artist to watch. El Anatsui’s Affirmation also sold for £915,000. [Artsy][Culture Type]

1-54 ART FAIR KICKED OFF IN MARRAKESH YESTERDAY. This third edition of the contemporary African art fair features more than 65 artists including Alimi Adewale, Joana Choumali and Seydou Keita. 1-54 will also present tailored events in partnership several institutions including Musée d’Art Contemporain Africain Al Madeen (MACAAL). [ANSAmed]

ESTHER MAHLANGU CUSTOMIZES ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM WITH NDEBELE ART. The renowned 84-year-old South African artist was commissioned to design the ‘Gallery’—glass-enclosed strip on the dashboard of the Rolls-Royce Phantom—with her distinctive bright, geometric shapes inspired by her Ndebele heritage. The Mahlangu Phantom was on display at The Melrose Gallery, Cape Town last week. [The South African]

AFRICAN ART STASH DISCOVERED IN TEXAS. Hundreds of traditional African art has been found hidden in a maintenance shed belonging to the Harris County, Texas, United States. The owner of the art is yet to be ascertained. “A lot of money got spent on a building, clearly to make it so that it could be used to store this art collection. The art collection doesn’t belong to the county. The art collection wasn’t even on loan to the county,” said a Harris County Judge. [KPRC]

AFRICA’S GROWING COLLECTING CLASS SHIFTS FOCUS TO HOME. From growing primary market sales through fairs and galleries to rising secondary market sales in Nigeria, South Africa, Morocco, Ethiopia and Ghana, African collectors reveal their desire to reclaim Africa’s contemporary cultural heritage. [The Art Newspaper]

Display at 1-54 Marrakesh. Courtesy of ANSAmed
Display at 1-54 Marrakesh. Courtesy of ANSAmed

An art advisor’s guide to collecting art. Starting an art collection can be an intimidating experience. Art dealer and art advisor, João Ferreira breaks it down.

Now Look Here: The African Art of Appearance,’ a striking exhibition of Mary Sibande, Omar Victor Diop and 16 other artists from the African continent looks at how appearances sometimes point to deeper truths.

Africa’s art market takes off as investors pile in. Driven by a growing market of indigenous investors, African art is commanding increasingly high prices at the world’s auction houses.

Africa’s Contemporary Art World Is Finding a Home in Marrakech. “The fact that Marrakesh is in Africa, at the doors of the Sahara, facing Europe and America—we’re perfectly located,” says the president of Museum of Contemporary African Art Al Maaden.