Modern, Post-War and Contemporary Art and South African Fine Wine

Live Virtual Auction, 26 - 28 July 2020

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Lot 304
  • Claire Gavronsky; A Case for Painting
  • Claire Gavronsky; A Case for Painting
  • Claire Gavronsky; A Case for Painting
  • Claire Gavronsky; A Case for Painting

Lot Estimate
ZAR 90 000 - 120 000
Selling Price

About this Item

South African 1957-
A Case for Painting

signed and dated 2011 on the reverse

oil on canvas
100 by 120 by 2cm, unframed


A Case for Painting (2011) formed a part of Immaterial Matters, an exhibition showcasing the works of the artist duo, Claire Gavronsky and Rose Shakinovsky, also known as rosenclaire. The body of work evaluates the commercial orientation of the contemporary art world, questioning its impact on contemporary artists and their choice of mediums, as well as how material concerns may potentially limit artistic expression.

'The title of Claire Gavronsky’s irreverent painting is a play on words that evokes the historical baggage that accompanies painting but also the question that every artist is forced to ask before they pick up a paint brush: do I need to say this with paint?'

1. Mary Corrigall (2012) available at


Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, Immaterial Matters, 3 to 24 March 2012.

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