Contemporary Art

Live Auction, 16 February 2019

Contemporary Auction

Sold for

ZAR 96 730
Lot 91
  • Frances Goodman; Randela 100/5

Lot Estimate
ZAR 60 000 - 80 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 96 730

About this Item

South African 1975-
Randela 100/5
strung sequins on linen
50 by 102cm excluding frame


‘In the Randela series, Goodman’s simultaneous allusion to, and rejection of, consumerism conflates seemingly disparate ideas. The work draws upon aspects of commercial production through seriality, repetition and the removal of the artist’s hand (the tapestries are outsourced to a local female artisan). Yet, the strong emphasis on craft – its qualities of uniqueness, individuality and the laborious process of production – resists standardised claims. Instead, the series juxtaposes democratic aspirations, fostered by the allure of the ‘rainbow nation’ ideal, and the grim reality the majority of South Africans face: a chimeric future where all that glitters is certainly not gold.’1

  1. Frances Goodman. (Undated) Randelas, [Online] Available: http://www. [6 December 2018].

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