Strauss and Co Auction of Modern, Post-War and Contemporary Art

Friday May 17 - Monday May 20       21 North St, Illovo
Perhaps not known to most people who have never attended an art auction, the preview days and walkabouts offered before a major art auction takes place are an excellent way of seeing extraordinary work that will soon disappear into private collections, of brushing up on your art knowledge and starting your own collection. 

While a number of the most outstanding 'blockbuster' paintings in Strauss & Co's auctions encourage furious bidding and sell for millions of Rands, a significant portion of the works on sale hang within the more 'accessibly' priced range, with exquisite artworks, both small and large, going under the hammer at reserve prices that sit as low as the R10k mark. For dedicated and aspiring art collectors this is a fantastic opportunity to grow a collection with some truly outstanding treasures on offer.

Strauss & Co's latest live auction, happening in Joburg on Monday May 20, is dedicated to modern, post-war and contemporary art, with a major focus on South African artists. The list of artists whose works are featured in the auction catalogue represents a veritable whos-who of South African art history from post-war modernist sculptor Edoardo Villa to the contemporary artist William Kentridge and much-sought-after painter Irma Stern to trailblazing photographers the likes of David Goldblatt and Greg Marinovich all of whose works have sold for record-breaking sums at recent South African auctions.

If you are new to the auction world and are looking for insights into how to register to bid and what to expect during the live auction, read our first-timers guide to buying art at auction

Ahead of the live auction on Monday May 20 all 316 lots from the auction can be viewed at the pre-auction exhibition at The Wanderers Club in Illovo from Fri May 17 to Sun May 19 (10:00-17:00). 

In conjunction with the preview exhibition Strauss & Co's team of art historians are hosting a number of free art lectures and exhibition walkabouts.
Sat May 18 & 19 at 11:00 Specialist exhibition walkabouts
Fri May 17 at 17:30 Art Lecture - Casting Anton van Wouw in a New Light
Sat May 18 at 15:00 Art Lecture - Teachers and students
Sun May 19 at 15:00 Art Lecture - Villa and Kentridge
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May 17 2019 - May 20 2019
The Wanderers Club
21 North St, Illovo
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