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Bonhams devotes Nov. 15 sale to South African artist William Kentridge

Bonhams devotes Nov. 15 sale to South African artist William Kentridge

LONDON – Bonhams will hold its first sale dedicated to works by the radical South African artist William Kentridge (b. 1955-). A Focus on William Kentridge, consisting of 20 lots, will take place on Tuesday, November 15 at Bonhams New Bond Street, London. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

African Antique

Throughout the years, the impact of African art on contemporary Western artists has been profound. Collecting antique art from Africa is much more than a hobby. What differentiates African art from western styles is the variety of materials, the tribal patterns and the exquisite craftsmanship. African art tends to be figurative, emphasizing the human form through geometric abstraction. This style applies to art, painting, sculpture, architecture and even fashion. Most of the African artworks are made of wood, bronze, watercolors, oil pastels, rocks, marble, fabric and clay. Many well-known artists have been inspired by the African culture and art, including Pablo Picasso, Giacometti and Matisse. For instance, Picasso created many woodworks, bronze sculptures and ceramic pieces, since he was deeply influenced by the beauty of the African masks. In African culture, people are inspired by nature and their gods and to create beautiful masks to honor their ancestors. In many cases,

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