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  • Beezy Bailey; Out of the Woods (Tribute to Nelson Mandela)
  • Beezy Bailey; Out of the Woods (Tribute to Nelson Mandela)

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ZAR 150 000 - 200 000
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About this Item

South African 1962-
Out of the Woods (Tribute to Nelson Mandela)

signed; inscribed with the title on the stretched and with ‘Out of the Forest’ on the reverse

screenprint and acrylic on canvas
172 by 250 by 5,5cm, unframed


The ‘icon’ in question [in the present lot] is our own Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, an international figure revered around the world, acclaimed, and claimed by all. A hero who is a prisoner of the mass media! With his birthday decreed and celebrated internationally as Mandela Day. ‘Madiba Magic’ is real. What then of the man? The ‘Character, Comrade, Leader, Prisoner, Negotiator, Statesman’ (the title of an exhibition on his life at the Apartheid Museum). What lies beneath the printed iconic smile and familiar face? Who owns the Icon and the reproduction and exploitation of it as a commodity in a consumer society? Who decrees who or what can be shown and how? Beezy Bailey the artist/iconoclast poses these questions by holding the iconic image up, placing it centrally in his new work.

Christopher Till


Everard Read, Johannesburg, Icon – Iconoclast: Beezy Bailey, 5 May to 5 June 2011.


Everard Read (2011) Icon – Iconoclast: Beezy Bailey, Johannesburg: Everard Read, illustrated in colour on page 17 with the title Out of the Woods.

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