Christie’s is delighted to present works from Robert Devereux’s Sina Jina Collection as a major highlight of our Frieze Week programme of sales and events.
A Place With No Name: Works From the Sina Jina Collection includes 74 works, making it the largest single-owner collection dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and the diaspora to ever be offered at auction.
After developing a deep affinity and association with East Africa in particular, Robert Devereux began his pioneering collection in the early 2000s. Guided by personal passion, he has become a major supporter and champion of the continent’s contemporary art. Described by Devereux as a ‘work in progress’, its founding principle has always been the direct and dynamic support of artists, while also contributing to the development of grassroots art scenes and organisations.
Ranging across a diversity of media, the works present a vivid picture of contemporary art from Africa and the diaspora. Highlights include chainsawed wood works by El Anatsui, abstractions by Sudanese master Ibrahim El-Salahi, iconic self-portraits by Samuel Fosso, woven textile and collage works by Elias Sime, and extraordinarily imagined portraits by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.
Proceeds from the dedicated auction will benefit a number of arts and environment charities internationally: The Africa Centre, The African Arts Trust, Bët-bi, Gasworks & Triangle Network, and The Lamu Environmental Foundation (LEF). The consignor of this sale will donate a minimum of 20% of his proceeds of sale to The African Arts Trust (registered in England and Wales with charity number 1141553). The African Arts Trust has indicated that they intend to use the funds to support the work of Gasworks, The Africa Centre, Lamu Environment Fund and Bët Bi.
Explore the auction in person at our King Street Galleries from the 6th October 2022.