Wed, 22nd Jun 2022 18:00

The Present Future: A Private Collection of African & International Contemporary Art (Live Auction)

  Lot 59
Lot 59 - Gabrielle Alberts (South Africa 1983-)


Gabrielle Alberts (South Africa 1983-)
The Big Sleep

porcelain painted with oil in a glass box

Artwork date: 2012
Exhibited: Brundyn+, Cape Town, 'Gabrielle Alberts: This Is Where I Leave You', 6 February to 13 March 2014.

Estimated at R10,000 - R15,000

Condition Report

The overall condition is very good.

The work is enclosed inside a glass box. Some pieces are glued to base whilst others are loose.

Biikini top, wine glass, letter, envelope and leg of table recently restored.

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porcelain painted with oil in a glass box

Artwork date: 2012
Exhibited: Brundyn+, Cape Town, 'Gabrielle Alberts: This Is Where I Leave You', 6 February to 13 March 2014.


32.5 x 31.5 x 31.5 cm


Private collection, Cape Town.


1 Victoria Street, The Big Sleep and Lights On But Nobody's Home (lots 58.59 & 60) were created as a part of a series of 16 crime dioramas included on Gabrielle Alberts' first solo exhibition after completing her Masters in Fine Art at Michaelis School of Fine Art in 2012. Each diorama portrays a real or fictional crime scene. The scenes, however, do not show the crime in action – but rather ‘hints’ or suggestions that a crime has taken place. Audience participation is imperative and the viewer must act as a detective as they are left to come up with their own conclusions.

Investigating the spectacle and fascination with crime in the media, in literature and on television series the works pose questions about the ethics of curiosity.

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