The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Friday, September 19, 2014


Irma Stern Makes New £2.4 Million World Record for South African Art at Bonhams in London
Irma Stern´s Bahora Girl sold for £2.4 Million. Photo: Bonhams.
LONDON.- An arresting image from Irma Stern’s time in Zanzibar, where she was powerfully affected by the beauty of the local Indian women, attracted sustained bidding at Bonhams in London today, achieving a staggering price of £2.4m (R26.42m) double the previous record of R13m. The auction of 151 pictures and sculptures made a total of £6m.

Giles Peppiatt, Head of South African Art at Bonhams, said: “ Once again Bonhams has demonstrated the growing interest in South African art and the wisdom of selling in London to an international audience.”

The record breaking picture was knocked down to a client bidding in the room, who saw off multiple telephone bidders and others also competing in the auction saleroom.

Before the sale Bonhams said it believed this painting, estimated at £600,000 to £900,000 could set a new world record for South African art sold at auction if current trends continued. In the event the painting surpassed expectations and makes history for South African art which can be said to have truly come of age in London.

The Zanzibari beauty which caught Stern’s eye, titled ‘Bahora girl’ is an enchanting image dating from 1945. An oil on canvas it comes with its original Zanzibar frame which adds additional interest.

Today’s result of £2.4 (R26.42m) for the delicately featured Bahora Girl will have the art world taking a fresh look at art out of Africa.

Hannah O’Leary, a specialist in the South African art department, comments: “It gives everyone at Bonhams great satisfaction to know that we are helping to bring an as yet little known group of artists to the attention of the world’s art markets. Today’s sale marks a massive milestone in that journey of recognition.”

Stern is quoted as saying of the Zanzibari Indian girl she painted: "How differently live the Indians. Although also in Purdah their surroundings are gay and colourful. On a swing, all shiny with metal, which was hanging from the ceiling in the middle of the bedroom, I found my young friend, Fatu, the Bahora girl. She was swinging gaily when I entered and asked me: 'Would you like to swing? It is cooler. Her graceful sari flew up in the gentle breeze…….her mode of speech was so polite and well formulated. It was a lovely harmony in this young girl, slim and tall, with the gentle movements of a well-bred race. Her eyes were like dark pools, swimming with the glance of tragedy curious in so young a face, yet so common in the eastern woman."

During her visits to Zanzibar in the 30’s and 40’s Stern wrote with interest about the people, the colour, the fruit, fish and spices and the Arab sailing dhows still trading between Africa and Arabia.

This latest Bonhams sale of South African art featured a number of other strong results for Stern paintings as well as other top South African artists.

One of South Africa’s artistic giants, Jacob Hendrik Pierneef (1886-1957), was also well represented in this sale by a masterwork titled `Bosveld’ , a large 75 x 100cm (29 1/2 x 39 3/8in) oil on canvas, it was estimated to sell for £200,000-300,000 but made £714,400.

Irma Stern, `Still life of Gladioli on a draped table’, signed and dated 'Irma Stern 1949', an oil on canvas, estimated to sell for £400,000-600,000, sold for £535,200.

Alexis Preller. `Apollo Kouros 1’ estimated to sell for £80,000 to £120,000, sold for £252,000.

Irma Stern, `Still life with bignonia and Port St John's creeper’, signed and dated 'Irma Stern 1936', oil on canvas, estimated at £100,000-150,000, sold for £180,000.

A world record price was also achieved for Ruth Everard Haden’s `Serenitas fulgens’, an image of distant mountains laced by a winding road. It was estimated to sell for £30,000 to £50,000 but went for £144,000




Last Week News

October 27, 2010

James Bond's Aston Martin DB5, A Cultural Icon, Comes to the Market for the First Time

Sotheby's Auction of 19th Century European Art to Include Important Works by Giovanni Boldini

Sixty Works from the DMA Collection and Important Local Collectors Presented in a Dynamic New Context

A Record Year for Christie's Dubai Sales of Contemporary Middle Eastern Art in 2010

Exceptionally Rare Darth Vader Costume to Be Offered at Christie's South Kensington

Tate Launches The Muybridgizer App for iPhone, Free for the Duration of the Exhibition

Sylvia Sleigh, Prominent Painter, Dies at Age 94, Seminal Work On View at the Hudson River Museum

Saatchi Gallery Opens Second Installment of Museum-Scale Survey of Emergent British Contemporary Art

Audit Shows Records at National Archives in Washington at Risk of being Lost for Good

Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa Wants Yale University to Return Artifacts to Peru

Successful Anniversary Year Boosts Meijer Gardens Attendance and Membership

Special Exhibition Reconsiders John La Farge's Contributions to American Art in Centenary Year of Artist's Death

The Hayward Gallery Presents Seminal Works by Leading Artists in Move: Choreographing You

Kunsthaus Zürich to Stage 15 Exhibitions in 2011 Season, Nahmad Family Collection is a Highlight

New York Public Library Getting Maya Angelou's Papers, Including Letters from Malcolm X

Culture War Brews in Indian City of Mumbai

Bellevue Arts Museum Features First Museum Solo Exhibition of Seattle Artist April Surgent

Exclusive U.S. Debut of Groundbreaking French Furniture Artist Jacques Jarrige at Valerie Goodman Gallery

Creator of TV Cartoon Rocky and Bullwinkle, Alexander Anderson Jr., Dies at Age 90

Christie's Post-War and Contemporary Evening Sale in NY Expected to Exceed $240 Million

Colour and Modernism by Vida Lahey at the Queensland Art Gallery in Brisbane

Bonhams to Sell Paintings by Coronation Artist of Ford Cars Made in Dagenham

The New York Public Library Explores Three of the World's Largest Religions in Exhibition

The Birth of an International Pastime: Sotheby's to Sell the Rules that Invented The Game of Basketball

Bonhams CEO's 1903 Peerless Driven Back to Its Roots in the Rockies

Tate Archive Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary with Display and Over Forty Pledged Gifts to the Collection

Eighteen Artists and Architects Elected to National Academy

Allentown Art Museum Acquires Paintings by Marion Ewald, Fletcher Martin and Mary Tobias Putman

Auctioneer Gets 5 Years for His Part in Art Scam

October 26, 2010

Fifty Paintings and Drawings by Antoni Tapies on View at the Palau Fabre Foundation

Indianapolis Museum of Art to Open Miller House and Garden for Public Tours in May 2011

Exhibition Explores Both the Celebrity of, and the Woman Behind, One of the World's Most Recognizable Icons

On the Anniversary of the Birth of Pablo Picasso, Museo Picasso Málaga Presents New Acquisitions

Christie's Post-War and Contemporary Evening Sale in NY Expected to Exceed $240 Million

Tate Archive Celebrates its 40th Anniversary with Display and Over Forty Pledged Gifts to the Collection

Colour and Modernism by Vida Lahey at the Queensland Art Gallery in Brisbane

Oklahoma City Museum of Art Acquires Two Works by Renowned American Artist Anne Truitt

RM Announces Diverse Offering of Collector Cars for Two-Day Arizona Sale

Vancouver Art Gallery Permanent Collection Reaches Important Milestone, Now Over 10,000 Works

The New York Public Library Explores Three of the World's Largest Religions in Exhibition

The Birth of an International Pastime: Sotheby's to Sell the Rules that Invented The Game of Basketball

Bonhams to Sell Paintings by Coronation Artist of Ford Cars Made in Dagenham

500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe Including Oriental Carpets Achieves $14 Million at Christie's

Harley-Davidson Museum to Pay Tribute to Vets

Utah Museum of Fine Arts Opens Trevor Southey: Reconciliation

Swiss Jewelry Designer Suzanne Syz Opens First Exhibition in New York at Marianne Boesky Gallery

Nathan Slate Joseph Expands on Iconic Series from Earlier Periods at Sundaram Tagore

Galleria Maurer Zilioli Presents Exhibition of Photos of Regions that have Been Devastated by Forest Fires

Bonhams Offers Rare Svetoslav Roerich Painting Modelled on His Father, the Legendary Nicholas Roerich

Andrew Deutsch & Ann Hamilton: The First Line (Sounds for Drawing) at Tampa Museum of Art

The Man in Black will Be Bringing in Some Green when Johnny Cash's Personal Belongings Sell

Christie's New York to Sell a Seminal Pop Art Masterpiece by Andy Warhol at Fall Auction

Kathleen Guzman Appointed Managing Director of Recently Opened Heritage Auctions New York

Creator of TV Cartoon Rocky and Bullwinkle Dies

Sotheby's Auction of 19th Century European Art to Include Important Works by Giovanni Boldini

Professor Dean Hawkes Named Winner of the RIBA Annie Spink Award 2010

Thought-Provoking New Exhibit by Elaine Ling Documents the Parallels Between Two Opposite Worlds

October 25, 2010

Christie's Sale in Dubai Features Works from Around the Middle East & Turkey

Public Takes a Shine to Naked New York Statue by Colombian Artist Fernando Botero

IVAM Commemorates the Centenary of the Birth of Architect Felix Candela with an Exhibition of His Work

Blondes and Brunettes in Film Examined in Exhibition at Cinémathèque Française

The Man in Black will Be Bringing in Some Green when Johnny Cash's Personal Belongings Sell

Christie's New York to Sell a Seminal Pop Art Masterpiece by Andy Warhol at Fall Auction

Kathleen Guzman Appointed Managing Director of Recently Opened Heritage Auctions New York

Galleria Maurer Zilioli Presents Exhibition of Photos of Regions that have Been Devastated by Forest Fires

Swiss Jewelry Designer Suzanne Syz Opens First Exhibition in New York at Marianne Boesky Gallery

Nathan Slate Joseph Expands on Iconic Series from Earlier Periods at Sundaram Tagore

Site-Specific Public Art Installation By Pioneering New Media Artist Jim Campbell

Mary McCartney, Paul and Linda McCartney's Daughter, at Michael Hoppen Gallery

NYPL Celebrates the Career of Visionary Choreographer Alwin Nikolais in Brand New Exhibition

Old Master Drawings: Guercino, Rubens, Tintoretto at the Lady Lever Gallery

Drawing Installation, "Nature of the Pencil", by Marco Breuer at Von Lintel Gallery

Infinity of Nations: Art and History in the Collections of the National Museum of the American Indian

André Kertész: On Reading at the Carnegie Museum of Art's Works on Paper Gallery

Rare Folios from the Book of Kings Showcase Iran's Literary Masterpiece at the Sackler Gallery

Recent Work by Alan Magee at Forum Gallery's First Exhibition in Its New Location

Sundaram Tagore's Film "The Poetics of Color: Natvar Bhavsar" to Have World Premiere at Film Festival

Chinoiserie-Themed Show to Fill Fort Mason Center's Festival Pavilion

Collectors, Dealers & Art World Professionals Invited to Attend Art Law Day 2010 at NYU

Art Cops Seize Contemporary Wing at New Orleans Museum of Art for Fall Exhibition

In Process: Most Ambitious Art Installation Ever Attempted at Monterey Museum of Art

RM Announces Diverse Offering of Collector Cars for Two-Day Arizona Sale

Oklahoma City Museum of Art Acquires Two Works by Renowned American Artist Anne Truitt

German Architects Get Creative with Portable Storage, Transform a Subway Stop into a Mini Opera House

October 24, 2010

Retrospective of the Work by Filmmaker and Artist Harun Farocki Opens in Austria

A Selection of Unique Representative Works of Color Field Painting at Deutsche Guggenheim

"Before They Make Me Run: Portraits of Keith Richards 63 to 71" at the San Francisco Art Exchange

Miami's Original and Longest Running Contemporary Art Fair Returns for Its 21st Edition

Los Angeles County Museum of Art Announces Partnership to Preserve Historic Watts Towers

Reacquisition of "The Sower" by Constantin Meunier for the National Gallery

Photo Miami: The Premiere Fair for Contemporary Photography, and Video Returns for Its 5th Edition

Sculptural Installations by Contemporary Icelandic Artist Katrin Sigurdardottir on View at Metropolitan

Solo Exhibition of Dynamic New Work by Nobu Fukui at Stephen Haller Gallery

Former Gallery Owner Lawrence Salander: The Art World's Bernie Madoff, and His Deceptions

Burrell Collection Hopes to Acquire Rare 18th Century Golden Tiger Head from India

Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea Opens Exhibition of Works by Jane and Louise Wilson

Exhibition Features 70 Images by One of the 19th Century's Most Acclaimed Photographers,

WWI Aviation Art, Antique Arms and Sporting Guns at Bonhams & Butterfields in November

Collect a Piece of Art History for Just £45 at RCA Secret 2010

Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum in London, Receives the International Folkwang Prize

Vet Reaches 10,000 Volunteer Hours at WWII Museum

International Artist Ahmet Öĝüt Makes Midwest Debut at Laumeier

Chrysler Museum to Open $7.5-Million Glass Studio

October 23, 2010

FIAC 2010 Brings Together 195 Modern and Contemporary Art Galleries from 24 Countries

Magnificent Tibetan Rugs and Ritual Utensils Now on View at Metropolitan Museum

New Paintings and Works on Paper by Thomas Nozkowski at Pace Gallery's Newest Exhibition Space

First Solo Museum Show Devoted to Kurt Schwitters Since 1985 Opens at the Menil Collection

Brooklyn Museum Inaugurates Purchase Fund for Acquisition of pre-1945 African American Art

Esteemed Director, George S. Bolge, to Retire from Boca Raton Museum of Art on a High Note

Julian Schnabel Polaroids: Beyond Infinity and Grandview Exhibited in the UK for the First Time

High Receives Gift of 90 19th-Century American Paintings and Sculptures from West Foundation

Powis Castle Acquires John Singer Sargent Charcoal Portrait with Help from the Art Fund

Exhibition of Impressionist Gardens at the National Galleries of Scotland Delights 100,000 Visitors

Hugh Tracey's African Music Recordings Now on Display in Johannesburg

The Art Institute Delves into Richard Hawkins's Third Mind for Major Retrospective

Field Museum Presents Exhibition that Reveals Art and Science Behind Prized Mineral: Gold

New Collaborative Agreement Between the Museo del Prado and the Japanese Media Group Yomiuri Shimbun

Phillips de Pury & Company Announces Highlights from Its London Photographs Sale

Italian Art Deco Treasure Unearthed in Scotland to Sell at Bonhams

Major Exhibition Showcases mima's Art Fund International Acquisitions

Harry Potter Props, Costumes on Display in Seattle

Exhibition Brings Together Masterpieces by Carl Beam, Who has Been a Vital Force in Contemporary Art in Canada

October 22, 2010

Sotheby's Presents Inaugural Selling Exhibition of Impressionist and Modern Art in Hong Kong

Brooklyn Museum Inaugurates Purchase Fund for Acquisition of pre-1945 African American Art

FIAC 2010 Brings Together 195 Modern and Contemporary Art Galleries from 24 Countries

Julian Schnabel Polaroids: Beyond Infinity and Grandview Exhibited in the UK for the First Time

High Receives Gift of 90 19th-Century American Paintings and Sculptures from West Foundation

Powis Castle Acquires John Singer Sargent Charcoal Portrait with Help from the Art Fund

Exhibition of Impressionist Gardens at the National Galleries of Scotland Delights 100,000 Visitors

Hugh Tracey's African Music Recordings Now on Display in Johannesburg

The Art Institute Delves into Richard Hawkins's Third Mind for Major Retrospective

Field Museum Presents Exhibition that Reveals Art and Science Behind Prized Mineral: Gold

Christie's to Offer a Selection of Items from the Marylebone Cricket Club Collections

Special Installation by Dan Colen at Colette in Paris During the Week of FIAC 2010

Sotheby's Contemporary Art Evening Sale to Be Led by a Major Mark Rothko Painting

Harvard Art Museums Announce Traveling Exhibitions of Works by Lyonel Feininger

Chazen Celebrates Major Milestone in Machado and Silvetti Expansion

ARCOmadrid_2011 Committee Selects a Total of 141 Galleries for Its 40th Edition

Spanish Minister of Culture Confirms Acquisition of Painting by Bruegel the Elder for the Prado

Erie Art Museum to Open New "Green" Facility in October 2010

Philantropist and Arts Patron Announces His Significant Bequest to the Art Gallery of New South Wales

Scultura III Presented by Tomasso Brothers Fine Art at The Otto Naumann Gallery

Hirshhorn Museum in Washington Presents Major Guillermo Kuitca Retrospective

First Major United States Retrospective of the Work of Paul Thek Opens at the Whitney

Canadian Artist Rodney Graham's Through the Forest at Hamburger Kunsthalle

Mystery Giver Leaves $10,000 in World Trade Center Donation Box

Frieze Art Fair 2010: High-Quality Gallery Presentations Attract Strong Sales

After 23,358 Submissions, Mediums Collide at YouTube's Guggenheim Exhibit

Culture Secretary Launches Plus Tate, a Major New Collaborative Arts Initiative

Stunning New 100-Foot High Sculpture Installed on Nepean Point in Ottawa

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Fever mounts as stunning statues found at Alexander The Great-era tomb

2.- Hi-tech underground scans reveal vast complex of monuments at Britain's Stonehenge

3.- National Geographic Museum opens exhibition featuring shark-munching Spinosaurus

4.- First major New York City exhibition to explore Vienna Actionism opens at Hauser & Wirth

5.- Elizabeth I 'airbrushed' for 18th century make-over and a bug is found in Edward VI

6.- Award winning Swedish director Daniel Fridell to direct Kalliope Films' Vincent Van Gogh biopic

7.- Comprehensive retrospective exhibition of Joan Miró's work opens at the Albertina

8.- Synchrotron radiation technology in art conservation: Science to the rescue of art

9.- Mona Kuhn's first solo exhibition in the US opens at Edwynn Houk Gallery

10.- Sotheby's announces details of its sales series for Property from the Collection of Mrs. Paul Mellon



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site