Modern and Contemporary Art from Africa

Timed Online Auction, 13 - 28 February 2023

Modern and Contemporary Art from Africa
About the Session

Including Property of Collectors and The Harry Kantor Collection.

Harry Kantor (1934-2019), a Capetonian, moved to Harare in the late 1950s. He supported local art institutions such as the National Gallery of Zimbabwe and Gallery Delta, serving as Chairman of both institutions. He promoted Zimbabwe's artists globally and amassed over 300 works, including European and indigenous African painters, Victorian and Chinese pieces. His collection includes significant roots of early Zimbabwean painting. Five paintings from his collection are on display at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Arts' exhibition "When We See Us", featuring African figurative art.

Lots 51-62 can be viewed on our current Timed Online Auction, and lot 75 in our Curatorial Voices Auction, both taking place on the 28th of February.

Sold for

ZAR 2 580
Lot 40
  • Christiaan Diedericks; superman is dead (sic)
  • Christiaan Diedericks; superman is dead (sic)
  • Christiaan Diedericks; superman is dead (sic)

Lot Estimate
ZAR 2 000 - 4 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 2 580

About this Item

South African 1965-
superman is dead (sic)

signed, dated imp '06 and ' new york', numbered 12/15 AP, inscribed with the title in pencil, and embossed with the 5+5 Gallery and the artist's 'Indigo Boy' chopmark in the margin

linocut on paper
plate size: 15 by 22cm; sheet size: 32 by 38cm; 44 by 49,5 by 6cm including frame


"5+5 Gallery had a printing press in the space and I was invited as an artist-in-residence with the owner for a month. During this one month in NYC, I lived in a beautiful apartment in lower Manhattan (belonging to Jack Ginsberg) after I was jointly awarded the prestigious Ampersand Foundation Fellowship with Anni Snyman for our project Icarus and Pandora in 2006"—Christiaan Diedericks, 2023.

Christiaan Diedericks graduated in Fine Arts from the University of Potchefstroom and completed his Master's in Fine Arts at the University of Pretoria in 2000. Diedericks has exhibited extensively throughout Southern Africa, as well as in the USA, Japan, Germany, England, and Sweden. In 2006, he was the winner of the Kanna Award for Fine Arts at the ABSA KKNK festival in Oudtshoorn for his exhibition Secrets and Lies: Her Majesty's Ivory Tower. He worked as an artist in residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, after receiving the prestigious Ampersand Foundation Fellowship in 2007, in New York, where his work was exhibited at the gallery 5+5 in Brooklyn to critical acclaim.


Acquired from the artist by the current owners.

Property of Collectors.

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