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Norman Catherine; Negotiator
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Lot 93

South African 1949-
Negotiator
signed and dated 1990; inscribed with the artist's name, title and exhibition details on a Pretoria Art Museum label on the reverse
oil on canvas
89 by 149cm excluding frame

Sold for R 450 000
Including Buyer's Premium and VAT R 512 100

Estimate R 450 000 - 600 000


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Negotiator [...] pits the urban mobster against the primal man-as-monster. Here the gangsters’ arsenal includes guns, daggers and a serpent. The monster is mummified, emasculated and disarmed [...] His hollow, truncated bandaged limbs are positioned impotently in front of his torso, unable to ward off the serpent slithering towards him. The ‘negotiaton’ here appears to revolve around positions of domination and subjugation, both sexual and violent. And the symbolism of the daggers, the serpent and the shotgun are unavoidably phallic.”1

1. Hazel Friedman (2000) Norman Catherine. Johannesburg: Goodman Gallery Editions. Page 105


Pretoria Art Museum, Norman Catherine Now and Then, 4 August to 3 October 2004.


Hazel Friedman (2000) Norman Catherine. Johannesburg: Goodman Gallery Editions. Page 105 and illustrated in colour on page 104.

Ashraf Jamal (2001) Norman Catherine and the Art of Terror. Pietermaritzburg: University of Natal. Page 17.



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