14th Sep, 2022 18:00

20th Century & Contemporary Art

 
  Lot 75
 
Lot 75 - David Goldblatt (South Africa 1930-2018)

75

David Goldblatt (South Africa 1930-2018)
A Pensioner with the child of a servant. Wheatlands, Randfontein, Transvaal. (Gauteng), September 1962

silver gelatin print

Artwork date: printed in 2013/2014
Signature details: signed on the reverse
Exhibited: Pace Gallery, New York, ‘David Goldblatt: Strange Instrument’, 26 February to 27 March 2021. Goodman Gallery, Online, ‘David Goldblatt Revisiting, Some Afrikaners’, 9 April to 30 April 2020. A4 Arts Foundation/Projects, Cape Town. 'Picture Theory'. 25 October 2018 to 24 January 2019. Centre Pompidou, Paris, ‘David Goldblatt’, 21 February to 13 May 2018. The Jewish Museum, New York, ‘South African Photographs: David Goldblatt’, 2 May to 19 September 2010. Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, 'Some Afrikaners Revisited', 24 October to 25 November 2006. Sainte-Anne, Arles, 'David Goldblatt Photographs', 2006. Museu d’Art Contemporani, Barcelona, Fifty-One Years: David Goldblatt, February to May 2002.
Literature: Goldblatt, D. (2020). 'Some Afrikaners Photographed'. Germany: Steidl, illustrated on the front cover.; Goldblatt, D. (2007). ‘Some Afrikaners Revisited’. Roggebaai: Umuzi, illustrated on p.151.; Goldblatt, D. (2006). 'David Goldblatt Photographs'. Rome: Contrasto, illustrated on the front cover and on p.31.; Coetzee, J. M., Diserens, C. (et. al). (2001). 'Fifty-One Years: David Goldblatt'. Barcelona: Museu d’Art Contemporani and Actar, illustrated on p.87.

Sold for R100,000
Estimated at R120,000 - R180,000


Condition Report

The condition is mint.

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silver gelatin print

Artwork date: printed in 2013/2014
Signature details: signed on the reverse
Exhibited: Pace Gallery, New York, ‘David Goldblatt: Strange Instrument’, 26 February to 27 March 2021. Goodman Gallery, Online, ‘David Goldblatt Revisiting, Some Afrikaners’, 9 April to 30 April 2020. A4 Arts Foundation/Projects, Cape Town. 'Picture Theory'. 25 October 2018 to 24 January 2019. Centre Pompidou, Paris, ‘David Goldblatt’, 21 February to 13 May 2018. The Jewish Museum, New York, ‘South African Photographs: David Goldblatt’, 2 May to 19 September 2010. Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, 'Some Afrikaners Revisited', 24 October to 25 November 2006. Sainte-Anne, Arles, 'David Goldblatt Photographs', 2006. Museu d’Art Contemporani, Barcelona, Fifty-One Years: David Goldblatt, February to May 2002.
Literature: Goldblatt, D. (2020). 'Some Afrikaners Photographed'. Germany: Steidl, illustrated on the front cover.; Goldblatt, D. (2007). ‘Some Afrikaners Revisited’. Roggebaai: Umuzi, illustrated on p.151.; Goldblatt, D. (2006). 'David Goldblatt Photographs'. Rome: Contrasto, illustrated on the front cover and on p.31.; Coetzee, J. M., Diserens, C. (et. al). (2001). 'Fifty-One Years: David Goldblatt'. Barcelona: Museu d’Art Contemporani and Actar, illustrated on p.87.

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image size: 40 x 26.5 cm; sheet size: 43 x 30.5 cm

Provenance:

Private collection, Cape Town.

Notes:

Other editions of this work are held in the permanent collection of The Jewish Museum, New York, and The Art Institute of Chicago.

David Goldblatt’s critically acclaimed series Some Afrikaners Photographed marked his entry into full-time photography in the early 1960s. It was during this period that he began to explore and document working-class, rural Afrikaner people, initially around the Randfontein district west of Johannesburg where he was also born and raised. Goldblatt’s subjects were small-plot owners, descendants of families impoverished following by the Anglo-Boer War (1899–1902). Further afflicted by drought and the Depression of the 1930s, many had lost their farmlands and become displaced, with some migrating into the cities whilst others subsisted on small agricultural plots – many living as ‘bywoners’. The photographic essay for Some Afrikaners was completed in 1969 and published in 1975. In 2007, a new book Some Afrikaners Revisited was published which, with the exception of one image, included all of the photographs reproduced in the first book in addition to 20 never-before-seen photographs taken at the same time. This image of an elderly man, described as a pensioner, photographed with the child of a servant, in what appears to be the ‘voorkamer’ , taken in 1962, is one of the central works in the series and appears on the cover of the book.

Collections:

The artist is represented in numerous local and international collections, notably, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town.; Institute of Chicago, Illinois.; Barcelona Museum of ContemporaryArt, Barcelona.; Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Getty Center, Los Angeles.

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Auction: 20th Century & Contemporary Art, 14th Sep, 2022

 

Aspire Art will impress collectors with this focused, boutique-style auction. Including 81 carefully selected lots the sale boasts impressive examples by many of South Africa’s most celebrated artists. A fine selection of William Kentridge works, including two original drawings, Eduardo Villa sculptures, painting by Robert Hodgins and Walter Battiss and a wonderful early Penny Siopis drawing are on offer.

Also featured are two special sections – Black Modernism and Photography. Aspire has firmly cemented itself as a champion of both these collecting segments and collectors will be spoilt for choice with a rare drawing by Dumile Feni as well as works by other modernists including Gerard Sekoto, George Pemba and Lucas Sithole and photographs by David Goldblatt, Mohau Modisakeng and Simphiwe Ndzube amongst others.

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