South African Art, Jewellery and Decorative Arts

Including The Professor Walter Beck Collection of Chinese Works of Art, Ceramics, Japanese Cloisonné, Glass and Books

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Lot 653

South African 1961-
Africa
signed with the artist's initials and numbered 1/15
painted bronze
height: 28cm

Sold for R 32 000
Including Buyer's Premium and VAT R 35 648

Estimate R 15 000 - 20 000


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A public sculpture of this subject was deemed so controversial that city officials nearly prevented its planned installation in St George's Mall, Cape Town.   Murray cast a generically African figure sculpture in bronze, violently disturbing the integrity of its surface and identity by appending little manic models of cartoon character Bart Simpson's head.   It stands over three metres high and is illustrated  in the Standard Bank Young Artist Johannesburg 2002 catalogue, White Like Me, Brett Murray, on page 7



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