In its second edition, the Affordable Art Auction, which made its debut last year, continues in 2017 with artworks by Olu Amoda, Rom Isichei, Ndidi Dike, Tayo Quaye, Abiodun Olaku, Bunmi Babatunde, Sam Ovraiti, Lemi Ghariokwu, as well as modern masters such as Bruce Onobrakpeya, Ben Enwonwu, Ben Osawe, and Jimoh Buraimoh, among others.
Organised by West Africa’s premiere auction house, Arthouse Contemporary, the second edition, which holds on February 11, 2017, at Kia Showroom, Victoria Island, Lagos, aims at engaging emerging markets and the rise of a new collector base for all works of art estimated below N1,000,000.
A statement from Arthouse notes that as the third annual auction after the well known May and November auctions of modern and contemporary art, the Affordable Art Auction features artworks that are scaled to a more affordable and accessible price point. The artworks will be available for public viewing on Thursday, February 9 and Friday, 10, 2017.
The Affordable is also designed to attract both seasoned collectors and first time buyers to build a stronger network of local clients in Nigeria. “This edition of the Affordable Art Auction features 123 lots by emerging artists, many of whom are being presented at auction for the first time, alongside Africa’s most prominent artists. The auction will feature works by leading contemporary artists. The auction will also feature an unprecedented number of photographers, including George Osodi, Uche Okpa Iroha, Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou, Yetunde Ayeni Babaeko, Aderemi Adegbite, Oluwamuyiwa Logo and Jenevieve Aken.”
Among other features of the auction are charity lots to support Arthouse Foundation, a non-profit artist residency programme in Lagos, with artworks donated by artists such as Dipo Doherty, Olumide Onadipe, Sade Thompson and Uchay Joel Chima. Arthouse assures that “the proceeds from these charity lots will go directly to supporting the programmes of the Arthouse Foundation, including its residencies, workshops, talks and public events.”
Founded in 2007, Arthouse Contemporary is an international auction house that specialises in modern and contemporary art from West Africa. It aims to create awareness of the scope of contemporary art in the region, encourage international recognition towards its talented artists and strengthen the economy of its art market. Arthouse Contemporary has recently expanded with Arthouse – The Space, which organises exhibitions of contemporary art, as well as the Arthouse Foundation.
The Affordable Art Auction is generously supported by Kia and Prosecco Fantinel.