Live Virtual Auction, 9 December 2021
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Brett Murray's work often makes use of animals as analogies or metaphors, in a stylised aesthetic which brings to mind children’s fables. His most well-known use of the bull is his monumental work, Again Again (2016), in which the repetition of the figures is intended to symbolise the repetition and immovability of corruption. In Until The Second Coming, the reclining bull with its golden, reflective surface, evokes the story of the Golden Calf. Along with the title, the work refers to former president Jacob Zuma’s assertion that the ANC would rule until Jesus’ return, equating the party's leadership to divine rule. In response, the work depicts the organisation and its leader as false idols. This reading is emphasised by the bull's crucifix-like pose, undercut by its overfed potbelly which - along with the shiny, gold surface - speaks to what Murray perceives as the government’s self-indulgent excesses.
Kindly donated by Everard Read, Cape Town, Franschhoek, Johannesburg, London.