Contemporary African art continues to successfully integrate itself into the Parisian art scene as another auction of works by contemporary African artists will take place at PIASA auction house in the French capital on April 20. This will be the fourth such auction at PIASA in the last few years, with the previous ones happening in October 2014, June 2016 and November 2016.
The event will be headlined by works by renowned South African artist William Kentridge, whose socio-political roots and passions inform his art. Kentridge is the son of lawyers and activists Sydney and Felicia Kentridge. Sydney was the legal counsel of Nelson Mandela in the Treason Trial (1956-1961).
Christophe Person, head of the Contemporary African Art department at Piasa, has said about event: “My goal for these auctions has been to show how artists from Africa and the Diaspora make the connection between their African identity and their openness to the world, acquired through their various experiences outside of the continent. That is the reason why I call the auctions: ‘Origins and Trajectories’, which sums up the type of works I like to show.”