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ZAR 182 080
Lot 530
  • Kate Gottgens; Baggy Creeps
  • Kate Gottgens; Baggy Creeps
  • Kate Gottgens; Baggy Creeps
  • Kate Gottgens; Baggy Creeps
  • Kate Gottgens; Baggy Creeps

Lot Estimate
ZAR 60 000 - 80 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium and VAT
ZAR 182 080

About this Item

South Africa 1965-
Baggy Creeps
signed on the reverse; inscribed with the artist's name and title on a SMAC label adhered to the stretcher
oil on canvas
86 by 120cm excluding frame; 88 by 123 by 5cm including frame


"When she stands back to look at what is there, she observes a kind of muted entropy at work in the painting.

The scene from the discarded photograph has been duly retrieved. Four boys are running sack races in an abandoned lot – staying out of trouble for the duration of an afternoon. The mood of the lost moment has been transmitted. But the documentary is dissipating, their shapes morphing as if they were chemical matter – crystal substance inside a pupa or a cocoon. These long-gone boys appear not yet hatched.

She is trying to locate the cycle in a moment – how we move from birth to death and vice versa."1

1. Ibid, page 179.


SMAC, Cape Town, 2015.

Private Collection.


SMAC, Stellenbosch, Kate Gottgens: Infinity Loop, 1 August to 19 September 2015.


Marelize van Zyl (ed.) (2015) Kate Gottgens: Paintings 2007-2015, Stellenbosch: SMAC Art Publishing, illustrated in colour on page 6 and 179.

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