Contemporary Art


6:30pm Sat 16 Feb 2019


Select a Session

Go to Lot

Click on the image to zoom

Lot 1

South African 1930-2018
Couple on a Sunday afternoon, Zoo Lake, Johannesburg (2_24182), 1975
signed, dated 1975, numbered 4/6, printed in 12/02 and inscribed '2/24182' on the reverse
silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper
image size: 36,5 by 36,5cm

 View a Condition Report

In 1975, after an extended period photographing in Hillbrow and Soweto, David Goldblatt spent several months making tightly framed portraits of park users in Johannesburg. These photographs were later featured in Goldblatt’s book, Particulars (2003), along with contemporaneous portraits made in Transkei. Goldblatt’s park subjects represented a broad demographic of Johannesburg residents, rich and poor, black and white. Photographed in public spaces such as Joubert Park, Pieter Roos Park and – here – Zoo Lake, Goldblatt’s strategy of only fractionally portraying his subjects as mere torsos, hands or a tangle of feet was purposeful. ‘What became apparent to me as I worked was that, in our body language, in our clothing, in our decoration, we often declared our values.’1 Notwithstanding the radical subtraction of context, it bears noting that the park bench, a central prop in this series, was a key signifier of petty apartheid – a ‘hallowed’ object as poet Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali wrote.2


Sean O’Toole


  1. Genevieve Fussell. (2015) ‘David Goldblatt’s Particulars’, in The New Yorker, 22 January:
  2. Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali. (1971) Sounds of a Cowhide Drum, Johannesburg: Renoster Books. Page 30.

Courtesy of the Goodman Gallery.

The proceeds from the sale of this lot will benefit the Greatmore Studios Trust.

Stevenson, Cape Town, David Goldblatt: Particulars, 1 to 25 October 2003.

Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, David Goldblatt: Particulars and Rural South Africa, 25 October to 15 November 2003.

Another example from this edition, printed in 2010, is in the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA).

Another example from this edition, printed in 2013, is in the permanent collection of the Tate, London.

David Goldblatt. (2003) Particulars, Johannesburg: Goodman Gallery Editions. Illustrated, unpaginated.

Estimate: R 80 000 - 120 000 

Sold for R 150 000
Which is R 170 700 incl Buyer's Premium and VAT

Lot Images Select an image below to view

Other lots that might interest you

Lot 59

David Goldblatt
Bowling Green and clubhouse, Crown Mines, Johannesburg (2_5460)
R 200 000 - 300 000

Lot 83

David Goldblatt
On the Farm Rooinek, Seweweekpoort, Western Cape, 18 February 2006 (4_9758)
R 300 000 - 400 000

Lot 82

David Goldblatt
Farmyard (Rooidam) with Bicycle, Skerm and Farmhouse (Lovedale), between Carnavon and Brandvlei, 12 August 2008 (4_A0318)
R 140 000 - 180 000

Lot 75

Pieter Hugo
John Addai (from 'The Wild Honey Collectors, Techiman District, Ghana' series)
R 90 000 - 120 000

Lot 21

Mohau Modisakeng
R 180 000 - 240 000

Lot 23

Berni Searle
Parched, from the Seeking Refuge series
R 30 000 - 50 000