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Robert Hodgins; Pretty Boy Floyd
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Lot 520

South African 1920-2010
Pretty Boy Floyd
signed with the artist's initials and dated 80
mixed media on paper
66 by 47cm excluding frame

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Estimate R 30 000 - 50 000

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"In 1980 Robert and Jan mounted the fourth of their two-man exhibitions, this time at the Market Theatre Gallery. Their printmaking experiments centred on a series of one-off screenprints using as subject matter one very notorious 1930s Depression era [Chicago gangster, John Dillinger, better known as]  Pretty Boy Floyd. They found a newspaper photo of this villain and used his image over the Easter weekend of that year, as basis for numerous explorations of visual possibilities. The Pretty Boy Floyd exhibition subtly referenced the controversial 1964 Andy Warhol exhibition, Thirteen Most Wanted Men momentarily installed on the façade of the State Pavilion at the World’s fair in New York. In some tangential way, Hodgins and Neethling also ‘valorize the villain’ by the forthright gaze of their Pretty Boy Floyd portraits."

Nathaniel, (2006) Jan Neethling and Robert Hodgins: Young Men in Garage Trousers, [Online], Available: [30 January 2018]

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