William Joseph Kentridge (South African, born 1955) 'Casspirs full of Love' 1989 artist's Proof
Lot 33
William Joseph Kentridge (South African, born 1955) Casspirs full of love (sheet size)
Sold for £15,600 (US$ 25,336) inc. premium

Lot Details
William Joseph Kentridge (South African, born 1955)
Casspirs full of love
signed 'Kentridge' and dated 'Jan 1989' (lower right); inscribed 'A/P' (lower left)
drypoint etching (artist's proof)
167 x 94.5cm (65 3/4 x 37 3/16in).(sheet size)

Footnotes

  • Literature:
    D. Cameron et al, William Kentridge, (London. 1999), illustrated pg. 50;
    D. Krut (ed.), William Kentridge Prints, exhibition catalogue, (Johannesburg, 2006), illustrated pgs. 36 & 37.

    "A Casspir is an amoured (sic) personnel carrier used by the South African police and defence force both in military operations in conflict zones...and as patrol vehicles in the (black) townships...There used to be a weekly radio programme called Forces Favourites, in which girlfriends and mothers would send messages of support to their boys on the border...I remember hearing a message from one mother to her son: 'I hope you got the food parcel, look forward to seeing you in a month, the message comes to you from your mom with Casspirs of love.'

    "The heads themselves? I had been in Tuscany with my family for three months and had done drawings based on a Giotto in Santa Croce. At a certain point I cut up the drawing to rearrange the figures, and had on the studio floor dismembered fragments of bodies and heads, waiting to be reconstituted. Also in Florence that year was an exhibition of sculpture which included Tony Cragg's wonderful beet heads, bronze casts of beetroots with crude faces carved into them. The print became a combination of Giotto, Cragg and 1980s South African radio."

    (The artist, as quoted in Krut, 2006.)

Saleroom notices

  • 148.6 x 81.2cm (image size) 167 x 97cm (sheet size)
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