Sunday, May 20, 2012


The Spear by Brett Murray
Established Cape Town based artist Brett Murray returns to Goodman Gallery Johannesburg with Hail to the Thief II. This body of satirical work continues his acerbic attacks on abuses of power, corruption and political dumbness seen in his 2010 Cape Town show Hail to the Thief. In this sequel show, Murray’s bronzes, etchings, paintings and silk-screens form part of a vitriolic and succinct censure of bad governance and are his attempts to humorously expose the paucity of morals and greed within the ruling elite. (Source)
Political satire artwork with South Africa's president Jacob Zuma in a typical Lenin pose with his penis sticking out annoys ANC. Zuma who enforced the law that gave South Africans the freedom to express themselves without being punished for it now want to censor the artwork.

If Zuma (and the ANC) hadn't protested then the rest of the world would never have seen the art or heard of it.   There has to be a spark to start a fire. Our Prime Minister didn't complain about the political satire aimed at him, and the "news" faded quickly. This on the other hand could live on for a long time since ANC is threatening to take the museum to court to have the artwork censored. 

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