Gani Odutokun’s Hurly Burly: My Highlight of Arthouse Auction of June 2018

They say great art is timeless. It assumes a new relevance to each generation. Now, if only the market would reflect this. At the 20th Modern and Contemporary Art Auction organized by Arthouse Contemporary Limited on 4 June 2018, I was asked to pick my favourite from the 104 lots on display. I instinctively said Hurly Burly by Gani Odutokun. By the time this work came on the block and sold for just ₦1,200,000 (it’s low estimate), I am reminded that auctions are not about art; they are about money. Gani Odutokun’s performance at the auction is no surprise. Though considered one of the leaders of 20th century Nigerian art, there seems to be a consensus that he is one of the most underrated in Nigeria. 

Born in Ghana to Nigerian parents in 1946, Gani Odutokun’s family relocated to Nigeria after…

Adekemi is a lawyer and writer with a passion for the arts, particularly African art history. She is dedicated to discovering and documenting the most excellent artworks of our time. Follow her on Twitter at adekemitweets.


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    15th February 2019

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    4th February 2019

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