Last Chance to View Ben Enwonwu’s Debut at Frieze Masters Online and More News

KÓ DEBUTS BEN ENWONWU AT ONLINE EDITION OF FRIEZE MASTERS. Today is your last chance to see Kó’s presentation of works by Enwonwu at the Frieze Viewing Room. The exhibition is part of the Frieze’s Spotlight section, which features solo presentations by ground-breaking artists of the twentieth century. View works and watch promotional video at Frieze Viewing Room or download the catalogue HERE.

RESULTS OF SOTHEBY’S OCTOBER 2020 MODERN & CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN ART AUCTION. At the online sale, which closed on 9 October, the top lot, El Anatsui’s Vumedi, sold within estimates to make £1,043,500 (inc. fees). Meanwhile, smashing their estimates, Ben Enwonwu’s Africa Dances made £176,400 over an estimate of £25k – £35k and his portrait, Regina, made £239,400 over an estimate of £40k – £60k. Also Uzo Egonu’s Star Mad Astrologer and Mother And Child soared past their estimates. A rather pleasant surprise was Akinola Lasekan’s Portrait of an Alhaji, which more than doubled its modest estimate to realise £10,710. [Sotheby’s]

BONHAMS OCTOBER 2020 MODERN & CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN ART AUCTION RESULTS. For this Bonhams sale that held on 8 October, the top lot was Alexander “Skunder” Boghossian’s Untitled (1966), which realised £81,312 (inc. fees). Other lots that sold above their pre-sale estimates include Hassan El Glaoui’s Moroccan Riders, sold for £35,062; Ben Enwonwu’s Africa Dances (1967), sold for £18,812, and Gerard Sekoto’s The bicyclist, sold for £8,812. Whereas Akinola Lasekan’s Portrait of a Yoruba Lady, Uche Okeke’s Ana was not there, only Darkness (1976) and Jimoh Akolo’s Islamic Scholars in Preparation (1962) sold within estimates. [Bonhams]

FRANCE’S NATIONAL ASSEMBLY APPROVES THE RESTITUTION OF LOOTED ARTIFACTS TO BENIN AND SENEGAL. Finally, after years of inaction, which has drawn criticism from around the world, the National Assembly of France has unanimously approved a bill to return historic artifacts that were looted during the colonial era back to Benin and Senegal. [Artnet News]

CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN ART: WHO TO BUY NOW. Christie’s asked leading curators, collectors and critics to recommend the contemporary artists to watch. While the focus is on contemporary artists, a few modernists like George Lilanga, the Congolese sculptor Bodys Isek Kingelez, and Tadesse Mesfin got on the list. [Christie’s]


Featured image: Africa Dances (1957), Ben Enwonwu. Courtesy of Kó Gallery