Outcome of Bonhams African Now Auction and More News

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BEN ENWONWU’S PORTRAIT SOLD FOR £555,000, PLUS PRICES OF OTHER TOP LOTS AT BONHAMS AUCTION. A preliminary look at Bonhams Modern & Contemporary African Art Sale that held yesterday evening shows sale of 43 of the 81 lots presented. The top lot, by far, which sold for almost three times its high estimate, was Portrait of Marianne by Ben Enwonwu. It’s followed by Fruits of Bali by Vladimir Griegorovich Tretchikoff. Here are the prices of the top lots. [ArtWa.Africa]

IMPART ARTISTS FAIR OFFERS LAGOS A DIFFERENT KIND OF FAIR IN OCTOBER. Billed as the first pan-African art meets tech fair, this new event by Lasmara Ltd will highlight the important relationship between art and the rapidly growing tech industry in Africa. Impart holds from 25 through 27 October 2019 at Eko Atlantic. [ImpartFair]

OTOBONG NKANGA WINS ONE OF THE WORLD’S LARGEST ART PRIZES. The Antwerp based, Nigerian artist has been awarded the $100,000 prize for the first Lise Wilhelmsen Art Award Programme, a biannual prize for mid-career artists. Nkanga, who received a special mention at the 58th Venice Biennale, is a multi-disciplinary artist, whose practice looks at the ways humans shape—and ultimately destroy—the earth. [ARTnews]

1-54 PUBLISHES PRECEPTS FOR A FUTURE WITHOUT BISI SILVA. 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair announced that to compliment its Forum programme, it asked people who knew late Bisi Silva to share one thing they learnt from her, which could be useful for others to know. The published compilation, available online and at the fair, is intended to act as a set of tools for a future without Bisi Silva. [1-54]

LOOTED ETHIOPIAN CROWN RESURFACES IN THE NETHERLANDS. For 21 years, a Dutch civil servant, who was born in Ethiopia, hid the cultural object he had confiscated from a friend. He knew his friend had stolen it and felt he couldn’t return it because he suspected that the government might have been complicit in the theft. Last year, after Ethiopia installed a new prime minister, he decided that it was time to try to return the crown. [New York Times]

 

Peju Layiwola, Stamping History (2018-2019), Foam Template
Peju Layiwola, Stamping History (2018-2019), Foam Template

EXHIBITIONS: EDITOR’S PICK

PEJU LAYIWOLA’S ‘INDIGO REIMAGINED’ WILL BE AT THOUGHT PYRAMID, IKOYI THIS WEEKEND. The touring exhibition, which opened at University of Lagos in June, examines the ingenuity of the artistic practice of indigo dyeing and offers new perspectives on its interconnectedness with other genres associated with dyeing. One of the works, an installation named Stamping History, has been acquired by the Yemisi Shyllon Museum at Pan Atlantic University. The exhibition at Thought Pyramid opens on 5 October and runs through 13 October 2019. [TSA]

 

Kehinde Wiley, Untitled. Credit the artist/Hyperallergic

HAPPENING ELSEWHERE

WANGECHI MUTU, KEHINDE WILEY AND 2 OTHERS IN THE RUNNING TO REPLACE NYC’S CONTROVERSIAL MONUMENT. Following an open call for artists to propose works that would replace a statue of J. Marion Sims, a 19th-century doctor who conducted violent surgeries on enslaved Black women without using anesthesia, the works submitted by Simone Leigh, Wangechi Mutu, Kehinde Wiley, and Vinnie Bagwell have been shortlisted. Now the public is being given the opportunity to choose their favorite proposal. [Hyperallergic]

EDDY KAMUANGA ILUNGA, ROMUALD HAZOUMÈ OTHERS AT OCTOBER GALLERY, LONDON. ‘Life through Extraordinary Mirrors,’ an ongoing exhibition by a group of artists from several countries, including Benin, Congo and Kenya is at October gallery through 23 November 2019. According to Jonathan Jones of The Guardian, “This exhibition explores the agony and ecstasy of the globalised 21st century.” [October Gallery]

 

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