Art buyers buy from Africa

Published on 20th March 2019 in Editorial

South Africa’s Cape Town has become the latest stop for art collectors from America and Europe in their hunt for diverse art, from the ancient to the contemporary, from the massive bottle cap sculptures by Ghana’s El Anatsui to an expressive oil painting by Irma Stern. At auction house, Strauss and Co., executive chairman Frank Kilbourn said “We sold approximately 106 million rands ($7.3 million) worth of art, including commission…which is a record for South Africa and for Africa as a continent. It bodes extremely well for the future of African and South African art.”