Live Auction, 12 November 2018

Sold for

R 73 970
Lot 234
Dr Phuthuma Seoka; Page v Coetzee, two

Lot Estimate
R 40 000 - 60 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium and VAT
R 73 970

About this Item

South African 1922-1995
Page v Coetzee, two
carved and painted wood
Greg Page: 78cm; Gerrie Coetzee: 90cm

Notes

American boxer Greg Page took the World Boxing Association Heavyweight title from Gerrie Coetzee on 2 December 1984 when he knocked out the South African champion in the eighth round.

It might come as little surprise that the present lot, a depiction of a famous fight between black and white boxers at Sun City in 1984, features in Sue Williamson’s landmark book, Resistance Art in South Africa. The politically loaded piece references the defeat that Greg Page, an African-American from Louisville, Kentucky, inflicted on the then WBA heavyweight champion, Gerrie ‘The Boksburg Bomber’ Coetzee. The fight was eagerly anticipated in the townships – despite Page’s underdog status – and the result wildly celebrated there. Williamson’s description of the work follows the obvious political analogy, and is certainly worth noting: ‘In Dr Seoka’s lively and evocative piece, Coetzee is shown slack-jawed, sagging at the knees, while an agile Page, possibly feeling the great swell of black support behind him, moves in for the kill’.1

1 Sue Williamson (1989). Resistance Art in South Africa, Cape Town: David Philip, page 47.

 

Literature

Sue Williamson (1989). Resistance Art in South Africa, Cape Town: David Philip, illustrated in colour on page 47.

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