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Live Virtual Auction, 8 - 11 November 2020

South African Ceramics, Selected Prints and Multiples

Sold for

ZAR 56 900
Lot 583
  • Walter Battiss; Orgy 1
  • Walter Battiss; Orgy 1
  • Walter Battiss; Orgy 1
  • Walter Battiss; Orgy 1
  • Walter Battiss; Orgy 1
  • Walter Battiss; Orgy 1


Lot Estimate
ZAR 40 000 - 60 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 56 900

About this Item

South African 1906-1982
Orgy 1

signed and numbered 27/45

screenprint
45 by 63cm excluding frame; 65 by 84 by 4,5cm including frame

Notes

‘All Battiss’s erotic work was censored by the Pretoria City Council at the time of his Commemorative Exhibition at the Pretoria Art Museum, which opened October 1979. This explains why most of Battiss’s erotic and sexually explicit images only appeared in books and exhibition catalogues for the first time decades after his death in 1982.’1
1. Warren Siebrits (2016) Walter Battiss: I Invented Myself: The Jack Ginsburg Collection, Johannesburg: The Ampersand Foundation, page 120.

Provenance

Goodman Gallery.

Private Collection, Johannesburg.

Literature

Warren Siebrits (2016) Walter Battiss: Invented Myself: The Jack Ginsburg Collection, Johannesburg: The Ampersand Foundation, another impression from the edition illustrated in colour on page 121.

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