6th Mar, 2024 18:00

20th Century & Contemporary Art

Lot 51
Lot 51 - William Kentridge (South Africa 1955-)


William Kentridge (South Africa 1955-)
Fire Walker

linocut with hand colouring on found ledger pages

Artwork date: 2010
Signature details: signed and dated in pencil in the margin

Sold for R125,812
Estimated at R80,000 - R120,000


linocut with hand colouring on found ledger pages

Artwork date: 2010
Signature details: signed and dated in pencil in the margin


sheet size: 67 x 48 cm; framed size: 84 x 63 x 3.5 cm


Private collection, Cape Town.


Fire Walker forms part of a collection of works depicting female street vendors in Johannesburg. Most notable, of these works, is an eleven-meter high sculpture William Kentridge and fellow artist Gerard Marx were commissioned to create on the occasion of the 2010 Soccer World Cup, hosted in South Africa. Standing at the foot of the Queen Elizabeth Bridge in the city the sculpture, based on Kentridge’s drawing of a vendor– colloquially known as a fire walker who carries a burning brazier on her head – is an iconic representation of the city’s underclass.


The artist is represented in numerous local and international collections, notably, the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate Modern, London; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California; George Eastman Museum, New York; Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu; Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (KIA), Michigan; The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Chicago; Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town; University of Cape Town and the Zietz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa; Cape Town.

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