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One of the art world's leading figures, Simon de Pury is renowned for his deep and long-standing knowledge of the global marketplace and his legendary auctioneering style. He generates excitement[…]

De Pury on the work emerging from England and Africa.

Simon de Pury: Yes it is beginning to happen. In England for instance, you have David de Rothschild who has worked with designers, furniture makers to try and use recycled materials; transform them into works of art; or Africa has some of the greatest talent today. Artistic talent is coming out of Africa, and it is sensational to see how materials, you know, can . . . of very common objects are being recycled into major works of art. And so yes, one just begins to see something of that happening. There is a great collection of African art put together by a collector called John .... . . John ..., that collection has traveled through various museums. I think it was shown at the . . . the Hirshhorn if I’m not mistaken in Washington. It was shown at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilboa. It was shown at the Monte Carlo. It was shown at the Venice bi-annual. The last one, there was a whole section devoted to African art which showed some of those aspects. And . . . But it’s still not easy to find that art, and there are one or two good books that have been written on the subject. Recorded on: 2/7/08