Sun, 1st Sep 2019 9:30

Modern & Contemporary Art

 
Lot 29
 
Lot 29 - David Goldblatt (South Africa 1930-2018)

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David Goldblatt (South Africa 1930-2018)
Circumcision Initiate near Coffee Bay, Transkei, 1975

hand printed gelatin silver print on fibre-based paper

Artwork date: 1975, printed 1982
Signature details: signed, dated and inscribed with the title in pencil on the reverse

Sold for R170,700
Estimated at R150,000 - R250,000


 

hand printed gelatin silver print on fibre-based paper

Artwork date: 1975, printed 1982
Signature details: signed, dated and inscribed with the title in pencil on the reverse

(1)

sheet size: 38 x 30 cm

Hand printed by the artist. Other examples from the edition are in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.,

Notes:

In 1975, David Goldblatt’s association with the Anglo-American Corporation’s in house magazine Optima led to the publication of a photographic essay about the Transkei, a selection of photographs from which was later published in 1978 by German-language magazine Geo (this time in collaboration with Nadine Gordimer.)[1] The resulting images from Goldblatt’s Transkei sojourn were not published as a stand-alone, dedicated photobook. Rather, they make appearances throughout a wide variety of museum, gallery and book projects, as proof of the consistency of Goldblatt’s methodology, approach and thematic concerns across his image-making lifetime.This iconic portrait of a young man entering into the mysteries and responsibilities of adulthood via circumcision initiation has been widely exhibited and reproduced and is a highly regarded example from Goldblatt’s work in the Transkei.

Kathryn Del Boccio

Sources:

[1] Ziebinska-Lewandowska, K. (ed.). (2018). David Goldblatt: Structures of Dominion and Democracy. Göttingen: Steidl, p.333-4.

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