Tue, 30th Nov 2021 18:00

Modern & Contemporary Art | Johannesburg

 
  Lot 32
 
Lot 32 - Diane Victor (South Africa 1964-)

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Diane Victor (South Africa 1964-)
There’s Fire in the Thatch

charcoal and pastel on paper

(Qty: 1)

144.5 x 159 cm; framed size: 159 x 172 x 3.5 cm

Provenance:

Private collection, Johannesburg.

Notes:

Diane Victor has pioneered an idiosyncratic visual language that has over the years earned her critical acclaim. She creates profound work by drawing on modern and ancient sources with equal skill. Victor’s exquisite, detailed drawings and prints establish her as masterful in her chosen mediums.

Presented as a critique on history, politics and current socio-cultural discourses in South Africa, this evocative large-scale drawing from 2001, executed in charcoal and chalk pastel on paper, presents a surreal group portrait of battered and bandaged figures floating over burning farmland. The title; There’s Fire in the Thatch serves as a caution. Victor includes herself among the group of figures - denuded and carried in a ‘pietà-like pose’ akin to Hector Peterson and other martyrs. The work is iconic Victor in her use of antique and contemporary visual codes from media, mythology and art history to construct a contemporary economy of meaning.

There’s Fire in the Thatch is an important work and unique in Victor’s oeuvre because of the abundance of colour added to the drawing - an element rarely seen in the artist’s work.

Percy Mabandu

Estimated at R280,000 - R350,000


Condition report

The overall condition is good.

Minor smudges in areas. There is an adhesive tape mark on the top left corner measuring 1 cm in length.

Frame with slight chips along the edges.

Please note, we are not qualified conservators and these reports give our opinion as to the general condition of the works. We advise that bidders view the lots in person to satisfy themselves with the condition of prospective purchases.

 

charcoal and pastel on paper

(Qty: 1)

144.5 x 159 cm; framed size: 159 x 172 x 3.5 cm

Provenance:

Private collection, Johannesburg.

Notes:

Diane Victor has pioneered an idiosyncratic visual language that has over the years earned her critical acclaim. She creates profound work by drawing on modern and ancient sources with equal skill. Victor’s exquisite, detailed drawings and prints establish her as masterful in her chosen mediums.

Presented as a critique on history, politics and current socio-cultural discourses in South Africa, this evocative large-scale drawing from 2001, executed in charcoal and chalk pastel on paper, presents a surreal group portrait of battered and bandaged figures floating over burning farmland. The title; There’s Fire in the Thatch serves as a caution. Victor includes herself among the group of figures - denuded and carried in a ‘pietà-like pose’ akin to Hector Peterson and other martyrs. The work is iconic Victor in her use of antique and contemporary visual codes from media, mythology and art history to construct a contemporary economy of meaning.

There’s Fire in the Thatch is an important work and unique in Victor’s oeuvre because of the abundance of colour added to the drawing - an element rarely seen in the artist’s work.

Percy Mabandu

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Auction: Modern & Contemporary Art | Johannesburg, Tue, 30th Nov 2021

 

A focused collection of top historical, modern and contemporary artworks, this boutique-style sale presents impressive examples of South Africa’s best-known artists at auction. Included is a wonderful oil on canvas still-life by Irma Stern painted in 1936, an exquisite equestrian painting by Tretchikoff, 4 early watercolours by George Pemba, a monumental Villa from 1976 and 6 superb lots by William Kentridge. Also on offer are impressive contemporary works by Kate Gottgens, Phillemon Hlungwani, Wim Botha and Banele Khoza, amongst others.

Notably, the sale also includes works from the collection of the world-renowned Handspring Puppet Company. This collection maps much of the company’s creative, personal and professional journey and includes works by Kentridge, Pemba, Simon Stone and Zanele Muholi, amongst others.

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