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Art Moderne & Contemporain Africain / Brett Murray (Afrique du Sud, né en 1961) The Battle of the Tenses, 2008

Lot 44
Brett Murray
(Afrique du Sud, né en 1961)
The Battle of the Tenses, 2008
19 May 2022, 17:00 CEST
Paris

€4,000 - €6,000

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Brett Murray (Afrique du Sud, né en 1961)

The Battle of the Tenses, 2008

aluminium, peinture et résine, en 17 pièces

aluminium, paint and resin, in 17 pieces

chaque: 25 x 13,5cm.
each: 9 13/16 x 5 1/8in.
(17)

Footnotes

Provenance
Goodman Gallery, Cape Town / Johannesburg
Collection privée, France

Exposition
Johannesburg, Goodman Gallery, Crocodile Tears II, 2009


Au travers de sa pratique artistique engagée, l'artiste sud-africain Brett Murray interroge les inter-relations entre les systèmes politiques, les normes sociales et l'identité.

Deux œuvres de l'artiste sont proposées dans la présente vente aux enchères : la peinture figurative à grande échelle sur bois, Now and Then VI, réalisée en 2008 et la série de seize panneaux en aluminium qui composent The Battle of the Tenses, ex (2008). Ces deux œuvres faisaient partie de l'exposition personnelle de l'artiste, Crocodile Tears, présentée à la Goodman Gallery de Johannesburg en 2009. L'exposition explorait les mauvais usages de l'influence politique à travers le retraitement par Murray d'une imagerie historique appropriée.

Méditant sur la dynamique de pouvoir du colonialisme, les œuvres de l'exposition cartographiaient un changement de pouvoir perçu par l'artiste, de l'oppresseur à l'opprimé. L'oeuvre The Battle of the Tenses reprend les emblèmes héraldiques européens, symboles historiques de pouvoir, et propose un nouvel ordre imaginaire.

Depuis qu'il a obtenu une maîtrise en beaux-arts de l'université du Cap en 1988, Murray a beaucoup exposé ses œuvres en Afrique du Sud et à l'étranger. Son influence sur le paysage artistique de l'Afrique du Sud est significative, tant en tant qu'artiste qu'en tant qu'éducateur. Au début des années 1990, il a créé le département de sculpture de l'université de Stellenbosch, où il a organisé l'importante exposition Thirty Sculptors from the Western Cape (1992). En 1999, en collaboration avec des artistes influents tels que Lisa Brice et Sue Williamson, il a cofondé Public Eye, une organisation à but non lucratif qui se consacre au développement de l'art public au Cap. La pratique artistique de Murray et son engagement dans le développement du paysage culturel de son pays natal font de lui une figure urgente de l'art contemporain sud-africain.



Through his provocative artistic practice, South African artist Brett Murray interrogates the interrelationships between political systems, social norms, and identity. Two works by the artist are offered in the present auction: the large-scale figurative painting on wood, Now and Then VI (2008) and the series of sixteen aluminium panels that comprise The Battle of the Tenses (2008). Both works were included in the artist's solo exhibition, Crocodile Tears, when it was presented at Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg in 2009. The exhibition explored misuses of political influence through Murray's reworking of appropriated imagery from history.

Meditating on the power dynamics of colonialism, the works in the exhibition mapped a shift in power perceived by the artist from the oppressor to the oppressed. The Battle of the Tenses epitomises Murray's inventive approach to the subject. The set of crest-like images echo European heraldic emblems, representing a new imagined symbolic order that undermines historical seats of power.

Since graduating from the University of Cape Town with a Master's of Fine Art in 1988, Murray has exhibited his work extensively within South Africa and abroad. His influence on the artistic landscape of South Africa is significant, both as artist and educator. In the early 1990s, he established the sculpture department at the University of Stellenbosch, where he curated the important show Thirty Sculptors from the Western Cape (1992). In 1999, in collaboration with influential artists including Lisa Brice and Sue Williamson, he co-founded Public Eye, a non-profit organisation dedicated to developing public art in Cape Town. Taken together, Murray's artmaking practice and commitment to the development of the cultural landscape of his native country cast him as an urgent figure in contemporary South African art.

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