Aboudia is King of the Bonhams Modern and Contemporary African Art Sale in Paris

Paris – In its second Parisian sale of Modern & Contemporary African Art, Bonhams offered a wide variety of works by artists from 13 countries, representing the diversity of African creativity – particularly evident in work from the Gervanne and Matthias Leridon collection. Among the top lots of yesterday sale (Thursday 19 May), five paintings by Aboudia confirmed his first place and strong influence on the market.

The Ivorian artist Abdoulaye Diarrassouba (1983), better known under his moniker Aboudia, led the sale underlining the strength of the African Modern and Contemporary art market. A large 2014 painting from the Gervanne and Matthias Leridon achieved €239,775 against a pre-sale estimate of €120,000-180,000. This work epitomises Aboudia's playful idiosyncratic interpretation of these images associated with the youth culture of Abidjan.

Another star from the Leridon collection was Pascale Marthine, Tayou with Chalks and pins U, executed in 2012, which fetched €88,575, showing his international reputation. The artist's use of coloured chalks creates a theme running right through his works, which endlessly question humans and the world that surrounds them.

Commenting on the results, Gervanne & Matthias Leridon said: "Thanks to the proceeds of this sale, we will be able to help aid young African creativity. We are delighted with the results of the sale, which clearly demonstrate the strength of the market."

Julie Mathon, Bonhams Modern & Contemporary African Art specialist in Paris, said: "During this second sale in Paris, competitive biddings propelled strong prices, especially for Aboudia. The sale was led by exceptional works from the outstanding Gervanne & Matthias Leridon collection. Their passion for Africa shined through the pieces in the sale, which reflected not only the fantastic quality but also diversity of contemporary African Art."
Other highlights of the sale included:

Sans Titre (2017) by Godwin Oluwole Omofemi. Sold for €35,655. The work was part of a body of work in which Omofemi explores the politicisation of hair to assert a powerful Black subjectivity.

Estimated €4,000-6,000, a 2018 work by Yéanzi fetched €14,025. His paintings are more than just portraits; they comment on the role of individual identity in African society through the prism of social interactions within the community. At the Venice Biennale he represents this year the Ivory Coast.

20 May 2022

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