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Sotheby's Presents Masterworks of Aboriginal Art in London

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    Sotheby's Presents Masterworks of Aboriginal Art in London
    14.03.2018

ABORIGINAL ART RETURNS TO LONDON Sotheby’s To Present Masterworks Spanning 200 Years Rare Artefacts and Ceremonial Figures 30 Contemporary Paintings from the Collection of Dennis & Debra Scholl The Most Important Collection of Works by Emily Kame Kngwarreye to Come to Auction

February 27, London – This March, Sotheby’s ground-breaking sale of Aboriginal Art will return to London for its third consecutive season.

Following strong results in 2015 and 2016, the sale will feature magnificent works which transcend the material and spiritual realms: rare artefacts including shields and ceremonial figures dating from the 18th century onwards will be shown alongside the works of Indigenous masters including Warlimpirringa Tjapaltjarri, Australia’s best-known Aboriginal artist, and Janangoo Butcher Cherel, who was proclaimed a Living Treasure by the state government of Western Australia in 2004. These will stand alongside seven monumental canvases from Emily Kame Kngwarreye, who shattered the world record for a work by an Australian female artist just last year.

Sotheby’s is the only international auction house outside Australia to hold regular sales of Aboriginal Art. Since its inauguration in 2015, the series has established a swathe of new benchmarks, with new auction records for Aboriginal sculpture, artefacts, bark paintings, and work by a living Aboriginal artist.

Ahead of the sale on March 14, all 77 works will be exhibited at Sotheby’s New Bond Street galleries from March 10-13, providing a unique opportunity for visitors to see Indigenous art and artefacts first-hand.

Informed by a lifetime of learning, the extraordinary array of works are steeped in Indigenous knowledge, illustrating the ancestral narratives of the Dreaming - stories owned by different tribes that explain the creation of life, people and animals - and communicating the value of Aboriginal culture to the wider world.

Sotheby’s Senior Consultant Tim Klingender says: ‘This year’s auction offers an outstanding selection of works of high importance and calibre, bringing together rare artefacts and monumental canvases from three major international collections, including that of collectors and philanthropists Dennis and Debra Scholl. With the energetic masterworks of Emily Kame Kngwarreye, to the ceremonial figures steeped in ancestral history, we expect this year’s sale to be the strongest so far and to capture the interest of collectors from across the globe.’






  • 14.03.2018
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    Pre-Sale Exhibition Times
    Saturday 10 March: 12noon – 5pm Sunday 11 March: 12noon – 5pm Monday 12 March: 9am – 4.30pm Tuesday 13 March: 9am – 4.30pm
    Auction
    10:30am, Wednesday 14th March 2018 34-35 New Bond Street, W1A 2AA



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