Wednesday, 23 May 2012

El Anatsui’s New World Map hits ‘gold’ for Bonhams

A world record for El Anatsui has been set as Bonhams’ Africa Now art auction just concluded in the U.K had the artist’s woven tapestry of flattened bottle caps, titled 'New World Map' sold for £541, 250 ($850,544).

According to Bonhams, “The huge masterwork by El Anatsui (born 1944) – a magisterial tapestry measuring 11ft by 16ft (350x500cm) - is similar to work the artist has shown at the Venice Biennale.”
El Anatsui's New World Map sold for £541,250 ($850,544).
  Giles Peppiatt, Director of Contemporary African Art at Bonhams, says: "We are delighted to have achieved a world record with this stunning work. It speaks of Africa in its use of traditional patterning but is very much of the moment – a massive hauntingly beautiful contemporary statement."
 El Anatsui is widely recognized as one of the world's foremost contemporary artists. He was born in Ghana in 1944 but is now based in Nigeria, where he is Head of Sculpture in the Fine and Applied Arts Department at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. His work draws on the broad spectrum of indigenous African cultures and is particularly concerned with the erosion of inherited traditions by external forces and the nature of their continued transmission. He often links his work to events, people and current and historical issues.
  El Anatsui has used many different materials over the years, including wood, metal, clay and more recently repurposed materials. 'New World Map' is a prime example of El Anatsui's recent work, made from flattened bottle caps woven together into a shimmering tapestry.
These hanging pieces are based on the traditional narrow-strip woven silk cloth made in Ghana, a source of national pride. Similar works by El Anatsui hang in some of the world's most prestigious institutions, including the Sainsbury African Galleries at the British Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Pompidou, and the Smithsonian.
A fortnight ago another tapestry by El Anatsui, smaller in scale, sold at a Bonhams charity auction in New York for $722,500.


 

Bonhams Africa Now May 23, 2012 Auction Results

103 Ben (Benedict Chukwukadibia) Enwonwu, M.B.E (Nigerian, 1917-1994) 'Alusi Ogugu (Vision)' £ 1,875
104 Ben (Benedict Chukwukadibia) Enwonwu, M.B.E (Nigerian, 1917-1994) Jungle landscape £ 3,500
105 Ben (Benedict Chukwukadibia) Enwonwu, M.B.E (Nigerian, 1917-1994) Yoruba women pounding cassava 50 x 30cm (19 11/16 x 11 13/16in) (image size) £ 2,375
106 Ben (Benedict Chukwukadibia) Enwonwu, M.B.E (Nigerian, 1917-1994) Seated figure £ 9,375
107 Ben (Benedict Chukwukadibia) Enwonwu, M.B.E (Nigerian, 1917-1994) Cotton trees £ 6,500
109 Ben (Benedict Chukwukadibia) Enwonwu, M.B.E (Nigerian, 1917-1994) 'Africa Dances, Shadows of Rhythm' unframed £ 3,000
110 Ben (Benedict Chukwukadibia) Enwonwu, M.B.E (Nigerian, 1917-1994) 'Girls in waiting' £ 49,250
111 Twins Seven-Seven (Nigerian, 1944-2011) "Rejoicing Beasts" 1969. Ink on cut plywood, 24 by 48 inches £ 2,250
112 Twins Seven-Seven (Nigerian, 1944-2011) 'Resting mask' £ 1,500
113 Simon Okeke (Nigerian, 1937-1969) 'Head of a student' 40cm (15 3/4in) high (including base). £ 7,500
114 Susanne Wenger (Austrian, 1915-2009) 'Man and Leopard I' £ 3,250
115 Bruce Onobrakpeya (Nigerian, born 1932) 'Cyclist and the ram' £ 5,625
116 Jimoh Akolo (Nigerian, born 1934) Drummer in red £ 6,000
117 Malangatana Valente Ngwenya (Mozambican, 1936-2011) Fruit market £ 11,875
118 Malangatana Valente Ngwenya (Mozambican, 1936-2011) Inferno £ 4,750
119 Simon Okeke (Nigerian, 1937-1969) Head of a woman £ 4,500
120 Malick Sidibé (Malian, born 1935) A set of five photographs
24 x 17.8cm (9 7/16 x 7in) (sheet size); 15.8 x 16cm (6 1/4 x 6 5/16in) (image size). unframed
£ 3,250
121 Malick Sidibé (Malian, born 1936) 'Super Cycliste' 50 x 39cm (19 11/16 x 15 3/8in) (sheet size); 35 x 35cm (13 3/4 x 13 3/4in) (sheet size). £ 2,500
122 Yinka Adeyemi (Nigerian, born 1941) Yoruba village market unframed and unstretched £ 1,500
123 Alexander "Skunder" Boghossian (Ethiopian, 1937-2003) Fertility painting £ 16,250
124 Bruce Onobrakpeya (Nigerian, born 1932) 'Eyes at Haystack', a pair deep etching 68.5 x 50cm (26 15/16 x 19 11/16in); plastocast 70 x 51.5cm (27 9/16 x 20 1/4in). £ 2,250
125 Bruce Onobrakpeya (Nigerian, born 1932) 'Expaen Mueli Rame (Meralhase)' 24 x 18 1/2in £ 500
126 Asiru Olatunde (Nigerian, 1918-1993) Figure story unframed £ 1,500
130 Chief Jimoh Buraimoh (Nigerian, born 1943) Faces and creatures £ 3,125
131 Chief Jimoh Buraimoh (Nigerian, born 1943) At the market £ 2,000
133 Prince Twins Seven-Seven (Nigerian, born 1944) Garden of Eden £ 3,250
138 Bruce Onobrakpeya (Nigerian, born 1932) 'Jemoto Mri Ruoku' £ 4,375
139 Bruce Onobrakpeya (Nigerian, born 1932) 'Agbogidi' (image size) £ 1,000
141 Bruce Onobrakpeya (Nigerian, born 1932) 'Uyovbi Erhue' £ 1,875
142 Twins Seven-Seven (Nigerian, 1944-2011) The hunt £ 1,625
143 George Lilanga di Nyama (Tanzanian, 1934-2005) Busy figures £ 1,625
144 Bruce Onobrakpeya (Nigerian, born 1932) 'Erakive Emetore' unframed £ 1,500
149 David Dale (Nigerian, born 1947) 'Aquarium I' £ 1,250
150 Henry Munyaradzi (Zimbabwean, 1931-1998) Resting duck 16 x 33 x 19cm (6 1/4 x 13 x 7 1/2in). £ 2,125
151 Bruce Onobrakpeya (Nigerian, born 1932) 'Aro Oloko Emetore' unframed £ 687
152 Chief Zacheus Olowonubi Oloruntoba (Nigerian, born 1934) 'The World is my Village for Problem Solving' £ 5,000
153 Malangatana Valente Ngwenya (Mozambican, 1936-2011) Female forms £ 4,000
154 Prof. Ablade Glover (Ghanaian, born 1934) 'Blue Red Bloom' unframed and unstretched £ 5,000
157 Geoffrey Ernest Katantazi Mukasa (Ugandan, 1954-2009) Cock in blue £ 3,000
158 Geoffrey Ernest Katantazi Mukasa (Ugandan, 1954-2009) 'Portraits in brown' unframed £ 3,500
159 Amon Kotei (Ghanaian, born 1915) 'Needed Global Harmony' £ 6,000
160 Victor Butler (Ghanaian, born 1964) 'Conspiracy' £ 2,250
161 Kainebi Osahenye (Nigerian, born 1964) 'The Musician' unframed and unstretched £ 1,375
162 Prof. Ablade Glover (Ghanaian, born 1934) Rainforest £ 4,500
163 Chéri Samba (Dem. Republic of the Congo, born 1956) 'Kalasi Ki Nduenga' £ 15,000
165 Cheri Cherin (Dem. Republic of the Congo, born 1955) 'Les Pensionnaires des Paradis Artificiels' unframed £ 5,250
166 Tshibumba Kanda Matulu (Dem. Republic of the Congo, born 1947) 'La Mort des Inocents'; 'Le Monstre de la Cessession Katangaise', a pair each 41 x 63cm (16 1/8 x 24 13/16in). unframed £ 4,750
167 El Anatsui (Ghanaian, born 1944) 'New World Map' £ 541,250
169 Jacob Jari (Nigerian, born 1960) 'Untitled' £ 3,750
170 Nnenna Okore (Nigerian, born 1975) 'Agbogho II' (variant) £ 13,750
172 Zwelethu Mthethwa (South African, born 1960) 'Untitled (Gladiator 22)' (paper size) £ 8,750
175 Gerard Quenum (Beninese, born 1971) Dolls £ 1,187
181 Tony Enebeli (Nigerian, born 1956) 'Story-telling' £ 2,750
182 Francis Uduh (Nigerian, born 1964) 'Procreation' 117cm (46 1/16in) high (including base). £ 2,250
184 Uchay Joel Chima (Nigerian, born 1971) Girls in the hood unframed £ 1,375
186 Soly Cissé (Senegalese, born 1969) 'Gardien de Coutume' unframed £ 3,375
187 Frédéric Bruly Bouabré (Ivorian, born 1921) 'Gueie Gueie Legend', a set of four £ 3,125
190 Nyemike Onwuka (Nigerian, born 1972) Transition Transition unframed £ 4,375
190A George Lilanga di Nyama (Tanzanian, 1934-2005) 'Michego Ya Watoto' (Children's Games) unframed £ 3,750
190B George Lilanga di Nyama (Tanzanian, 1934-2005) 'Tukimaliza Kucheza Hapa Kiwanjani Kila Mtu Aludi Kwao' (When we finish playing here on the field everyone goes back home) unframed 
GFA Artists 
£ 3,000
192 Lekan Onabanjo (Nigerian, born 1967) 'The Dance' unframed £ 4,250
195 Sam Ovraiti (Nigerian, born 1961) Cloud of faces £ 1,625
196 Edosa Ogiugo (Nigerian, born 1961) 'The Waterside' (Market Series) unframed £ 5,000
199 Abiodun Olaku (Nigerian, born 1958) 'Transition' £ 9,375
200 Abiodun Olaku (Nigerian, born 1958) 'People's Paradise' £ 5,250
201 Duke Asidere (Nigerian, born 1961) 'Exploring Palmgrove' unframed £ 3,250
204 Sam Ovraiti (Nigerian, born 1961) 'Durbar (Royal Parade)' unframed £ 2,375
205 Sam Ovraiti (Nigerian, born 1961) Figures in a row £ 2,000
206 Reuben Ugbine (Ghanaian, born 1956) 'Lovers' 77cm (30 5/16in) high. £ 4,000
210 Tola Wewe (Nigerian, born 1959) 'Dream' unframed £ 2,125
211 Bunmi Babatunde (Nigerian) 'Bata Dancer' 99cm (39in) high (excluding base). £ 3,250
215 Ben Osaghae (Nigerian, born 1962) 'Kitchen psychology' unstretched 
  
£ 1,250
 




















































































































































































































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