Friday 23 October 2020

Sogal art auction postponed

One of the sculptures from the postponed Sogal auction.

For the obvious reason unrest across Nigeria, Lagos inclusive, Sogal Art Auction has been postponed.

The organisers, Signature Beyond regrets the disruption that the postponement may have caused art collectors' schedules. A new date will be announced soon.

In the 2020 edition, top modernists and contemporary artists will converge featuring, among others, paintings, drawings and sculptures by Ben Enwonwu, Abayomi  Barber, Kolade Oshinowo, Clary Nelson Cole, Muraina Oyelami and Rufus Ogundele.

 Among the lots from the masters is a 1991 sculpture by Ben Osawe, Untiled, in highly stylised facial and elongated neck, depicting a lady in ornament of grace and elegance. Also, is a rare bronze titled Modern Warrior, dated 1962, by Abayomi Barber. Captured in action, the warrior is clearly of a native, perhaps ancient depiction as the costumes indicate.

From the contemporary artists are works that mostly reflect thoughts of African youths in political and social themes. Such works include February Weather by Kolawole Olalekan, in a satirical commuter bus known as danfo, dated 2020; Bob Nosa-Uwagboe's Activist Detained Illegally, dated 2020, highlights the challenges in Africa's socio-political terrain; wood sculpture titled Owl, by Abdulahi Aliru, in a minimalistic style of oval shape; and Chukwuemeka Michael Osisiego's They Dominate We Stand and Look, a 2020 mixed media that captures the current Nigerian situation of imbalance sharing of commonwealth, among other lots.

From all indications, the expectations at the 6th Sogal auction is high, so explained the growing number of new collectors during the past editions. Some of the collectors, it's been disclosed have been inspired by the quality of timeless art that Sogal art auction showcases every year.

For 27 years, Signature Beyond Gallery has been going strong, relying on its vast experience in art appreciation to keep the Sogal auction going stronger.  Signature recalled that with an emphasis on quality, Sogal art auction entered the Lagos market scene on October 20, 2014. “Since then, we have continued to contribute to the growth of the domestic secondary art market, and consequently an increased appreciation of Nigerian and indeed African art internationally.”

  The Sogal auction, Signature said, is also about preserving the works of masters as well as encouraging contemporary artists to promote artistic excellence.

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