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Live Virtual Auction, 8 - 11 November 2020

South African Ceramics, Selected Prints and Multiples

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ZAR 477 960
Lot 505
  • William Kentridge; Casspirs Full of Love
  • William Kentridge; Casspirs Full of Love
  • William Kentridge; Casspirs Full of Love
  • William Kentridge; Casspirs Full of Love


Lot Estimate
ZAR 250 000 - 350 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 477 960

About this Item

South African 1955-
Casspirs Full of Love
1989/2000

signed and numbered PP III/III

drypoint
image size: 148 by 81cm; sheet size: 166 by 98cm

Notes

"Kentridge opens the image of the casspir, the armoured vehicle used by the security forces against riots and demonstrations, to reveal decapitated heads arranged in its interior compartments. Kentridge had heard a message on state radio from a mother to her son in uniform 'from Mum, with casspirs full of love'. In Casspirs Full of Love, 1989, we seem to be looking down into this interior, but it also can be read as a failed ladder, a distorted emblem of progress, for Kentridge has scrawled NOT A STEP, the inscription we usually find on the top plank of a ladder, above the lowest divider of the casspir's compartments."1

1. Bronwyn Law-Viljoen (2006) William Kentridge Prints, Johannesburg: David Krut, page 18.

Exhibited

Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town, William Kentridge: Why Should I Hesitate, Putting Drawings to Work, 24 August 2019 to 23 March 2020.

Literature

Dan Cameron, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev and JM Coetzee (1999) William Kentridge, London: Phaidon Press, another impression from the edition illustrated on page 50.

Bronwyn Law-Viljoen (2006) William Kentridge Prints, Johannesburg: David Krut, page 36 and another impression from the edition illustrated on pages 18 and 37.

Sue Williamson (2009) South African Art Now, New York: Collins Design, another impression from the edition illustrated on page 51.

Judith Hacker (2010) William Kentridge: Trace, Prints from The Museum of Modern Art, New York: MoMa, another impression from the edition illustrated on page 23.

Sven Christian and Anne McIlleron (eds) (2019) William Kentridge: Why Should I Hesitate, Putting Drawings to Work, Cape Town: Zeitz MOCAA, another impression from the edition illustrated on page 222.

 

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