Curatorial Voices: Modern and Contemporary Art from Africa

Live Virtual Auction, 28 February 2023

Curatorial Voices: Modern and Contemporary Art from Africa
About the Session

Curatorial Voices: Modern and Contemporary Art from Africa is a dynamic collaborative project conceived by Strauss & Co to address the need for diversified representation of artists from across the African continent in the secondary market. Curated by Strauss & Co Heads of Sale, Kirsty Colledge and Kate Fellens, with input by seven international art experts with embedded knowledge of Africa; Serge Tiroche, Valerie Kabov, Heba Elkayal, Danda Jaroljmek, Anne Kariuki, Dana Endundo Ferreira, Kimberley Cunningham. Curatorial Voices presents collectors with a broad selection of work by leading contemporary artists alongside select pieces by important historical artists.

Sold for

ZAR 70 350
Lot 96
  • Cameron Platter; Hard Times
  • Cameron Platter; Hard Times
  • Cameron Platter; Hard Times

Lot Estimate
ZAR 30 000 - 50 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 70 350

About this Item

South African 1978-
Hard Times
paint and wood
height: 125cm; diameter: 55cm


While trained as a painter, Cameron Platter’s preferred mediums are drawing, sculpture, and film. His works are marked by their vivid colour palette, surreal humour, and recombinant visual style, which sutures together quotations from outdoor advertising, tabloid newspapers, TV culture, and art history – notably the work of artist John Muafangejo. Platter’s art explores themes of power, faith, security, sex, and consumption. His large-scale drawings, each painstakingly produced with Faber-Castell pencils, have been a mainstay of his practice since his debut solo exhibition at the Bell-Roberts Gallery, Cape Town, in 2005.

Platter has exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York City, NY, USA; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), San Francisco, CA, USA; Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Dakar Biennale, and the Venice Biennale. His work is included in the permanent collection of institutions such as MoMA; Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town; and Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town.


WHATIFTHEWORLD Gallery, Cape Town, 2010.

Private Collection.


WHATIFTHEWORLD, Hard Times / Great Expectations by Cameron Platter, Solo Exhibition, 2 June to 3 July 2010.

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