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Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Auction Season

It's auction season in Lagos, with over 200 art pieces by some of the most significant visual artists this side of the hemisphere going under the hammer in major auctions by Terra Kulture and ArtHouse Contemporary in the next few days.

Left is 'Face' by Kainebi Osahenye, one of 113 pieces of modern and contemporary African art on auction at Terra Kulture tomorrow. Leading collector, Yemisi Shyllon of OYASAF, is the auctioneer.

Preview exhibition began yesterday at the venue, perhaps the premier arts centre in Lagos. Preview exhibition continues all of today, right up to 1pm tomorrow.
View all 113 lots online.

Terra Kulture Auction: 5pm, Wednesday May 4 - Terra Kulture, Tiamiyu Savage Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Here's 'Home Sweet Home' by Abiodun Olaku, one of 100 lots set to go to the highest bidder in ArtHouse Contemporary's sixth auction. Demas Nwoko's 'The Wise Man' wood sculpture went for a whopping N9 million at their last auction, in November 2010. There was a hush in the hall as the bidding went up to 6m, 7m, 8m - and when the hammer went down, we just had to clap. Nwoko himself was there, and showed no reaction as far as I could see. All in a day's work to him I guess.

Preview exhibition for the latest ArtHouse Contemporary Auction is Civic Centre, Lagos on May 6 to 8. Preview extends to 10am and goes on till 1pm on May 9, the auction date. See the lots online.

ArtHouse Contemporary Auction: 6pm, Monday May 9 - Civic Centre, Ozumba Mbadiwe, Victoria Island, Lagos.


Lauri said...

These are lovely!

Wordsbody said...

And indeed they are, Lauri. 'Face' by Kainebi Osahenye sold above estimated price at Terra Kulture last night. The hammer went down at N450,000 (£3000, thereabouts).

Lauri said...

It's great that Nigerians respect their artists that much. I don't think a piece of art could sell for that much in Botswana, sadly.