Mon, 31st Oct 2016 20:00

Historic, Modern & Contemporary Art

 
Lot 60
 
Lot 60 - Dan Halter (Zimbabwe 1977-)

60

Dan Halter (Zimbabwe 1977-)
Black Light

ultraviolet neon tubing

Artwork date: 2006
Signature details: accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.
Edition: Edition of 5 and 2 Artist's Proofs. This is an Artist's Proof
Exhibited: João Ferreira Gallery, Cape Town, Take Me To Your Leader (solo show), 6 to 30 September 2008.
Literature: (2013). Dan Halter: Selected Works. Cape Town: WHATIFTHEWORLD, colour illustration pp.108-109.

Sold for R34,104
Estimated at R30,000 - R50,000


 

ultraviolet neon tubing

Artwork date: 2006
Signature details: accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.
Edition: Edition of 5 and 2 Artist's Proofs. This is an Artist's Proof
Exhibited: João Ferreira Gallery, Cape Town, Take Me To Your Leader (solo show), 6 to 30 September 2008.
Literature: (2013). Dan Halter: Selected Works. Cape Town: WHATIFTHEWORLD, colour illustration pp.108-109.

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50 x 100 cm

Notes:

Perfection’ is the name of a well-known brand of soap in Zimbabwe. The link between cleansing and a state of perfection is perhaps suggestive in the context of Zimbabwe’s recent history but the original inspiration for this work came from an embroidered scatter cushion produced in the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe that the artist saw. A cheerful scene showed a taxi filled with people and the word ‘pefection’ (without the letter r) emblazoned on the side. Perhaps for the artist the notion of the very word perfection being imperfectly rendered echoes a state of denial or ignorance at play in the Zimbabwe political landscape.

The fact that black light (given off by UV lighting) makes white things stand out and glow unnaturally is also worthy of noting. The play of race politics and the act of singling out white farmers (alluded to in other works by the artist at the time of the making of Black Light) speaks to the artist’s often ambivalent relationship to categories such as ‘whiteness’ while acknowledging historical and political realities. The fact that black light and the day-glo colours that are activated by it were frequently used in the rave culture of the 1990s links this work to Halter’s well-known exploration of that sub-culture (Halter, 2006).

The elegance of the calligraphy with which the imperfect ‘pefection’ is portrayed perhaps indicates Halter’s longstanding concern with branding and the way that surface appearances often obscure deeper meanings. This complex and multi-layered work can be read on many levels, none of which are definitive and all of which, in their own way, are imperfect.

Andrew Lamprecht

Exhibited:

Take Me To Your Leader (solo show). João Ferreira Gallery, Cape Town: (6-30 September 2006).

Sources:

Halter, D. (2006). Take me to your leader. Cape Town: João Ferreira Gallery. (Illustrated on pp. 78-79).

Grateful acknowledgement is made to Dan Halter for information included in this essay.

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Auction: Historic, Modern & Contemporary Art, Mon, 31st Oct 2016

The line-up for our inaugural sale included an extraordinary selection of art. Works ranged from JH Pierneef’s breathtaking Karoo near Hofmeyer, painted in 1930, to Dan Halter’s 2006, ultraviolet light, Pefection. 

Sculptures varied from Edoardo Villa’s acknowledgment of French artist, Aristide Maillol to Wim Botha’s heads that draw on classical and contemporary sources and Ed Young’s cheeky nude self-portrait. Also included were impressive photographs by award-winners, David Goldblatt and Pieter Hugo.

The auction set an impressive standard, with an outstanding sell-through rate of over 75% across 121 lots. The top lot of the sale was Alexis Preller’s exceptional Profile Figures (Mirrored Image), selling for over  R7-million. Record sales were achieved for Villa, Goldblatt, and Hugo, amongst others.

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