On the occasion of its fall sale dedicated to African scenes and diasporas, PIASA is pleased to present an exceptional group of works covering nearly 120 years of African creation.

From Unpublished Postcards by Abdoulaye Samb and his followers (ca. 1900 to 1929) to the explosive expression of the prodigy Aboudia, an undisputed star of the international markets, the sale offers 143 lots that form a dynamic group of drawings, paintings, sculptures, as well as a work by the artist Emo de Medeiros incorporating an NFC chip, echoing the technological developments that mark our time: African artists evolve with the times!

The series of unpublished postcards by Abdoulaye Samb and his followers, dated from the beginning of the 20th century (ca. 1900 to 1929), is a great gateway into the rich world of the African art scene, and is an event in itself, as they are to date, the earliest examples of modern works from sub Saharan Africa ever presented on the market.

El Anatsui (b. 1944, Ghana)
Untitled, 1991
Mixed media on wood Signed and dated «EL 91» lower right 50 × 145 cm
Provenance Private collection, Italy © Xavier Defaix
Estimates : 60 000 / 80 000 €

This is a good introduction to show PIASA’s continued interest in the masters of this continent. The «Masters» section will also feature a unique private collection, assembled over a period of more than 30 years, by an Italian amateur expatriated in Nigeria. This collection, never before seen on the market, will be an opportunity to look at the work of masters from Ghana, Nigeria and Uganda, led by Ghanaian artist El Anatsui, who recently won a Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale for his entire career.

El Anatsui (b. 1944, Ghana)
Untitled, 1994
Mixed media on wood Signed and dated «EL 94» within the composition 87 × 78 cm
Provenance Galerie Ikoyi, Lagos, 1994 Private collection, Italy Sold with a certificate of Galerie Ikoyi, Lagos. © Xavier Defaix
Estimates : 30 000 / 50 000 €

Also echoing the Venice Biennale, the sale will feature a set of prints by young photographer Edson Chagas, from his Angolan pavilion at the 2013 Biennale. This pavilion was awarded the Golden Lion for best national pavilion at the time, the first such distinction for an African country. The 16 signed prints by Edson Chagas are presented as part of a section dedicated to the Portuguese-speaking scenes in Africa.

Edson Chagas (b. 1977, Angola)
Found not taken (Venice Biennale), 2013
Ensemble of 16 prints, limited editions Signed by the artist within the composition
50 x 70 cm (each) © Xavier Defaix
Estimates : 9 000 / 12 000 €

In West Africa, Benin is honored with a dedicated focus, highlighting this country that recently came to the forefront, through the impressive exhibition presented in Cotonou in spring-summer 2022, of a set of historic artifacts returned by France.

Seydou Keïta (1921-2001, Mali)
Odalisque, ca. 1956-57
Silver print, 2001 Annotated, signed, dated «56 à 57 Seydou Keïta 29.10.2001
Keïta» lower left 130 × 180 cm
Provenance Galerie Magnin-A Private collection, Paris © Xavier Defaix
Estimates : 40 000 / 60 000 €

This revelation of an ambitious national museum project covering both heritage and contemporary art has also been corroborated with the creation of the Cotonou Gallery Weekend, whose first edition was held in September 2022.

Ndary Lo (1961-2017, Sénégal)
Deux Taarus en marche (Taarus in movement)
Iron sculpture, in two parts Height: 240 cm (each)
Exhibition Dakar, Old Courthouse, Cap Manuel, Ndary Lo, Retrospective –
Dak’Art 2018, from May 3 to June 2, 2018 © Xavier Defaix
Estimates : 25 000 / 35 000 €

Finally, the great favorites of the African scenes are present: NDary Lo, Chéri Samba, Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, Seydou Keïta or Barthélémy Toguo.

Aboudia (b. 1983, Côte- d’Ivoire)
Untitled, 2017

Acrylic and pastels on canvas Signed «ABOUDIA» upper left 153 × 183 cm
Provenance Private collection, Paris. © Xavier Defaix
Estimates : 80 000 / 120 000 €


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