7th Jun, 2023 18:00

20th Century & Contemporary Art

  Lot 46


Cameron Platter (South Africa 1978-)
Calendar series, twelve

charcoal on paper

Artwork date: 2021
Exhibited: P72 Projects, Parkhurst, 'White Men Can't Jump: Challenging Art for Absurd Times', 29 to 31 October 2021.

Estimated at R150,000 - R200,000


charcoal on paper

Artwork date: 2021
Exhibited: P72 Projects, Parkhurst, 'White Men Can't Jump: Challenging Art for Absurd Times', 29 to 31 October 2021.


64 x 44 cm; framed size: 72 x 52 x 3.5 cm each


Private collection, Johannesburg.


At first glance, the series of nude portraits seem to be very provocative. And of course, in his own brutally honest and humorous way, Cameron Platter wants it to be provocative. This work forms part of an “on-going series and experiments” which deal with thematic concerns including societal excess, sex, impermanence and money[1]. It is perhaps interesting to inspect one’s initial reaction to very explicit subject matter and unpolished lines, in a world where it seems much easier to look at a photoshopped image of a nude female. What this work seems to be doing is to go against the capitalist consumption of bodies (nudes) and time (days) by making a calendar that has no use. The days are not very readable, and the bodies make you take a step back rather than forward. It is somewhat reminiscent of Platter’s comments on his artworks, in a 2016 interview for the online magazine NYAQ, “Makes no sense, right? Chaos, Panic, Fear—my work is done . . .”[2]

Carina Jansen

[1] White Men Can’t Jump. (2021). Johannesburg: P72 Projects. 29 to 31 October 2021, n.p.

[2] Mcclintock, A. (2016). Cameron Platter: In Conversation with Andrew Mcclintock.

[online] https://www.sfaq.us/2016/12/cameron-platter-in-conversation-with-andrew-mcclintock/ (Accessed 19 May 2023)

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Auction: 20th Century & Contemporary Art, 7th Jun, 2023


Aspire Art will impress collectors with this focused, boutique-style auction in Johannesburg. A feature of the carefully compiled collection is a strong focus on contemporary African artists. Collectors of contemporary works from Africa will be spoilt for choice with works by Thierry Oussou (Benin), Richard Mudariki (Zimbabwe) and Banele Khoza (Swaziland). Local contemporary favourites include Nandipha  Mntambo, Cinga Samson and Gerhard Marx amongst others. Contemporary photographers are also well represented with works by Aida Muluneh (Ethiopia), Kudzanai Chiurai (Zimbabwe) and South African international superstar, Zanele Muholi, while important historical images are included with works of Winnie Mandela by Alf Kumalo and a portfolio of twelve works – chronicling the hardships of apartheid – from Ernest Cole’s seminal House of Bondage (1967).

A highlight of the sale is South African modernist Alexis Preller’s, Adam (1972) – a recently discovered, never before seen, work forming part of Preller’s series of Adamic-themed works from the late 1960s and early 1970s. Other significant modern pieces include a unique terrazzo sculpture by Edoardo Villa, still lifes by Maggie Laubser and works by Cecil Skotnes, Walter Battiss and J.H Pierneef. 

The sale concludes with a special section of  William Kentridge editioned prints led by the impressive Blue Head (1993 – 1998).



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