Explore the work of Walter Battiss at the Wits Arts Museum

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Walter Battiss – Mantis Man, c1970.

For over 35 years, well-known art collector and philanthropist, Jack Ginsberg, has assembled an extraordinary collection of more than 700 artworks, books and ephemera by esteemed South African artist Walter Battiss.

This collection will be shown at Wits Art Museum for the first time in an exhibition, curated by Warren Siebrits. It opens on Tuesday, July 5 and ends on October 9. Continue reading

Raise your hat as important Stern comes home

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Portrait of Freda Feldman in Basotho Hat by Irma Stern.

STRAUSS & Co’s next auction, which takes place on Monday, May 23, in Johannesburg, will include the sale of a museum piece by South Africa’s most celebrated female artist, Irma Stern.

This painting has come all the way from Australia and is titled, Portrait of Freda Feldman in Basotho Hat.

The sitter, Freda Feldman, was a very close friend of the artist and there are many interesting stories to disclose about their close friendship, their fettish for hats and more.

Strauss & Co have estimated that the painting – which is signed and dated 1943 and is accompanied by the Basuto hat (mokorotlo) worn by the sitter – should sell between R5 and 7 million. Continue reading