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Modern and Contemporary Art Day Sale

May 9 - May 28

Modern and Contemporary Art Day Sale

Strauss & Co’s upcoming Johannesburg Modern and Contemporary Art Day sale on May 28th, 2024, promises a captivating exploration of South African artistic heritage. This two-part event, featuring both an online Day Sale and a live-streamed Evening Sale, boasts a diverse collection of modern and contemporary works by established and emerging talents.

International Recognition Fuels Local Talent

The inclusion of nearly a dozen South African artists in the prestigious 2024 Venice Biennale underscores the growing international appreciation for their work. Dr. Alastair Meredith, Head of Department of Fine Art at Strauss & Co, elaborates on this trend: “In recent years, South African modernists have seen a surge in recognition through international exhibitions and publications.” This is evident in the high-value offerings, including William Kentridge’s drawings linked to his acclaimed productions.

Treasures for Every Collector

Whether you’re a seasoned collector or a budding art enthusiast, this auction caters to a variety of tastes and budgets. The online Day Sale is particularly strong in sculptures, featuring works by Deborah Bell and Andries Botha. A collaborative piece by Diane Victor and Ruhan Janse van Vuuren adds a contemporary touch. Meanwhile, the Evening Sale boasts a significant bronze casting of Anton van Wouw’s iconic “Slegte Nuus.”

Beyond the Familiar: Unearthing Hidden Gems

Strauss & Co goes beyond established names by showcasing exciting discoveries. The Modern and Contemporary Art Day Sale features painted wood pieces by the under-recognized Norman Catherine and an early work by the acclaimed Gerhard Marx. These inclusions demonstrate the auction house’s commitment to highlighting the breadth and depth of South African art.

A Must-Attend Event for Art Lovers

Strauss & Co’s May auctions offer a unique opportunity to delve into the rich tapestry of South African art. With a diverse selection spanning eras and styles, the event promises to be an enriching experience for art enthusiasts of all levels.


Day Sale
9 to 28 May 2024,
closing from 2 pm
Strauss & Co, Johannesburg
Timed Online Auction

Thursday 9 to Tuesday 28 May 2024,
9am to 4pm
Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May,
9am to 4pm



May 9
May 28
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