Thu, 3rd Sep 2020 20:00

Modern & Contemporary Art

 
Lot 36
 
Lot 36 - Dorothee Kreutzfeldt (South Africa 1970-)

36

Dorothee Kreutzfeldt (South Africa 1970-)
Ons Sal Seëvier

acrylic on canvas

Artwork date: 2002
Signature details: signed bottom right; signed, dated and inscribed with the title on the reverse
Exhibited: Absa Gallery, Johannesburg, Dorothee Kreutzfeldt, 2004.
Literature: Smith, K. (ed.). (2002). Broadcast Quality: The Art of Big Brother II. Johannesburg: Trinity Session/Bell-Roberts, illustrated on p.27.

Sold for R56,900
Estimated at R50,000 - R80,000


Condition Report

The overall condition is good.

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acrylic on canvas

Artwork date: 2002
Signature details: signed bottom right; signed, dated and inscribed with the title on the reverse
Exhibited: Absa Gallery, Johannesburg, Dorothee Kreutzfeldt, 2004.
Literature: Smith, K. (ed.). (2002). Broadcast Quality: The Art of Big Brother II. Johannesburg: Trinity Session/Bell-Roberts, illustrated on p.27.

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88.5 x 108.5 cm over three panels

Notes:

Dorothee Kreutzfeldt was born in Namibia in 1970 and moved with her family to Germany in 1982, where she completed her schooling. On returning to Southern Africa in the 1990s, she completed a fine art degree a the University of Cape Town’s Michaelis School of Fine Art before achieving a Masters at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2004. Kreutzfeldt’s artmaking interests have largely been taken up with painting and with public art projects. Her work is often close to, or draws on, popular media imagery. The three works in this auction, representing a particularly fecund period for the artist, certainly reflect this sensibility. Runner Her VIII (1999) cites what may be news or televisual imagery, and may refer to disgraced American former Olympic gold medallist, Marion Jones, known for making South Africa a training and running base when the work was made. The large untitled work, similarly references imagery from pop culture, and was Kreutzfeldt’s response to a curatorial idea by well-known curators Simon Njami and Bettina Malcomess for an exhibition in 2009 titled Us, responding to the wave of xenophobia which affected South Africa at the time. This painting is intended to reflect on the complexities of difference and belonging. The striking work, Ons Sal Seëvier (2002), loosely translated as ‘We shall overcome’ and clearly used ironically, has the distinction of being a featured work in one of the first domestic settings of the then wildly popular reality TV show Big Brother. Kreutzfeldt’s ironic juxtaposition of a singing garden gnome and a bacchanalian dancer, in what is probably a suburban Johannesburg garden setting, displays the artist’s wry intelligence and sardonic sensibility.

James Sey

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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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