Contemporary Art

Live Auction, 16 February 2019

Contemporary Auction

Sold for

ZAR 43 244
Lot 95
  • Conrad Botes; Selfportrait as a Woman (or why even the Devil suffers from castration anxiety), three panels, from the nine
  • Conrad Botes; Selfportrait as a Woman (or why even the Devil suffers from castration anxiety), three panels, from the nine


Lot Estimate
ZAR 30 000 - 50 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 43 244

About this Item

South African 1969-
Selfportrait as a Woman (or why even the Devil suffers from castration anxiety), three panels, from the nine
2001
each signed with the artist's initials
reverse glass painting
each 35 by 35cm

Notes

In a 2013 interview, Conrad Botes described Spanish artist Francisco Goya as ‘incredibly important for my work’ and his etching series The Disasters of War (1810–20) as a ‘major influence’.1 This three panels (from a larger series of nine) riff on Plate 39, A Heroic Feat! With Dead Men! Following in the footsteps of English artists Jake and Dinos Chapman, Conrad Botes used this famous image of three naked and mutilated men strung from a tree as a convenient frame. The central image recasts the anonymous soldiers in Goya’s original as two biblical archetypes: a horned devil and decapitated Christ. Two circular image panels overlaid onto duplicate scenes flanking the central image obscure the identity of these figures. The images contained in the circular panels invoke suburban manners, art history (René Magritte’s pipe painting of 1929) and Afrikaner nationalism (Voortrekker Monument), all stock themes in Botes’s mordant and graphic work.

Sean O’Toole

  1. Vanina Géré. (2014) ‘The Bigger Picture: An Interview with Conrad Botes and Anton Kannemeyer’, Books and Ideas, 17 April, [Online] Available at: https://booksandideas. net/The-Bigger-Picture.html

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