ARTSPLIT, the new art trading platform for African art, has announced its maiden MOCONA – a Modern and Contemporary Nigerian Arts Auction due to take place from 15 – 31 July. This first-of-its-kind auction, titled Ode to Mastery, will feature five prominent Nigerian artists who are key drivers of the contemporary art scene on the continent: Abiodun Olaku, Duke Asidere, Edosa Ogiguo, El-Dragg Okwoju and Oliver Enwonwu.
The ARTSPLIT app allows users to own fractions of prominent African artworks, also known as “Splits,” and keep or trade them on the app if they win the “Split Auction.” The Splits allow multiple people to co-own a single iconic piece of art, which no other art platform allows. Users can also participate in a ‘Lease Auction’ on the app to win physical custody of these split artworks for a set period.
The MOCONA auction will be a split auction, followed by a lease auction of individual works from these 5 artists. Both auctions will run for two weeks (July 15th- July 31st). The works will also be available for physical viewing at Hourglass Gallery – 979 Saka Jojo St, Victoria Island 106104, Lagos for the auction duration from July 25th till July 31st and online from July 15th.
The event follows the successful inaugural auction held in May, where Ben Enwonwu’s 1977 artwork ‘Agbogho Mmuo’ from the Ogolo series was valued at $105,000, as well as ARTSPLIT’s debut at the 59th Venice Biennale, where the platform partnered with The African Art in Venice Forum (AAVF) and the South African pavilion at the 59th Venice Biennale in 2022.
The complete list of works available at the auction includes:
Abiodun Olaku, ‘The Seeker’ (Portrait of a beggar), 1994
El-Dragg Okwoju, Euphoria, 2022
Duke Asidere, The Death of Honour, 2022
Edosa Ogiugo, Market Day in Dalston, London, 2017
Oliver Enwonwu, Rite of Passage, 2022
Please find the save the date below if you are interested in attending the closing event.