Thu, 3rd Sep 2020 20:00

Modern & Contemporary Art

Lot 115
Lot 115 - Cameron Platter (South Africa 1978-)


Cameron Platter (South Africa 1978-)
On Set: Beware the Curves, Scene 7: La Rêve

pencil crayon on paper

Artwork date: 2005
Signature details: dated and inscribed with the artist's name and the title on a Bell-Roberts Gallery label on the reverse

Sold for R125,180
Estimated at R80,000 - R120,000

Condition Report

The overall condition is good. Minor cockling to the paper sheet. Minor creasing bottom left.

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pencil crayon on paper

Artwork date: 2005
Signature details: dated and inscribed with the artist's name and the title on a Bell-Roberts Gallery label on the reverse


128 x 189 cm


Cameron Platter is at the forefront of a group of artists who started, in the early 2000s, to merge globalised contemporary art practice with the traditions of South African art history. Adopting the postmodern approach of appropriation and adaptation, Platter would initially reference the aesthetics and storytelling themes of artists Trevor Makhoba and John Muafangejo. At the same time, he consciously alluded to artists such as the Canadian Philip Guston and the Fauve art movement.Platter’s work provides social commentary and satire through depictions of acts of immorality and the conspicuous waste of consumerism. His early work often adapted child-like modes of storytelling. Intermingled with adult themes of ‘bling’, sex, debauchery and African politics, they act as familiar cautionary tales. His work straddles the line between celebration and condemnation, between laughter and gravity. Works such as On Set: Beware the Curves, Scene 7: La Rêve, Rolex, Nike and Cash derive from Platter’s earlier work. Originally part of video narratives in which psychedelic pulp fictions of mafia cats, evil penguins and crocodiles were created, their storylines lay somewhere between South Park and Ian Fleming.Platter has exhibited around the world including at the Venice Biennale. His work is held in serval permanent collections including MoMA, New York; the FRAC des Pays de Loire, France; and Iziko South African National Gallery.

Matthew Blackman

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Auction: Modern & Contemporary Art, Thu, 3rd Sep 2020

This Spring, Aspire Art Auctions broke new ground with a fresh, yet considered selection of artworks that is demographically more representative and reflects the spirit of current times. With a strong focus on South Africa, the sale also proudly represented artists from 10 African countries (Benin, DRC, Ghana, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Sudan, Togo, Uganda and Zimbabwe) and international artists from Europe, the UK and USA. 

A great highlight was Edoardo Villa’s monumental steel sculpture titled Traverse from 1957 which achieved R4,893,400 – an auction record for the artist. Other exceptional offerings included works by Gerard Sekoto, George Pemba, Peter Clarke and Nicholas Hlobo.

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