Contemporary Art

Live Auction, 16 February 2019

Contemporary Auction

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ZAR 216 220
Lot 103
  • Clive van den Berg; Land Throws up a Ghost I
  • Clive van den Berg; Land Throws up a Ghost I

Lot Estimate
ZAR 190 000 - 220 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 216 220

About this Item

South African 1956-
Land Throws up a Ghost I
signed and dated '13; signed and dated on the reverse and inscribed with the title on a label adhered to the reverse
oil on canvas
250 by 150cm excluding frame


Clive van den Berg discusses his exhibition Land Throws Up a Ghost: ‘The idea for many of these paintings is that there is an underneath landscape, echoing in distorted form the landscape above, containing evidence of past endeavours, battles, mining, the histories of lives lived. Ghosts accrue to this history … I suppose there is some symmetry in the fact that, as the son of a miner, I would be interested in the underground, the space underneath the visible landscape. In truth I love both the above ground landscape and the more elusive below ground space, but for this exhibition I have made paintings that explore the underneath as a place where an archive of our distempers resides. Landscapes tell stories, some obvious, some wishful, some obscure and some concealed. It is these narratives of land that I am concerned with in this show.’1

  1. Clive van den Berg. (2013) Land Throws Up a Ghost, [Online] Available: https://www. 2013 [29 November 2018].


Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, Clive van den Berg: Land Throws Up a Ghost, 2013.


Art South Africa, Vol. 11. No. 4., Winter 2013, illustrated in colour on the cover.

Virginia MacKenny. (2013) 'Land Matters', Art South Africa, Vol. 11. No. 4., Winter, pages 42–45, illustrated in colour on page 45.

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