‘I must not make political art,’ says Brett Murray’s latest exhibition

2015-04-19 06:00

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South African artist Brett Murray’s exhibition Again Again opened at the Goodman Gallery in Cape Town yesterday morning.

This is his first exhibition since his painting The Spear, featuring President Jacob Zuma’s genitals, sparked a furore in 2012.

“I must not make political art” and “You are a corrupt f*ck!” read two of his prints, which are mounted side by side at the Woodstock gallery.

Only one piece refers to Zuma directly. It reads “Zuma-PF”.

The collection includes various life-sized steel figures walking in a trance like zombies. One sculpture has an elongated nose, evoking Pinocchio.

“Brett Murray continues to feel the urge to expose the absurdities of the powerful with biting satire,” says the gallery’s website.

“It seems this exhibition is darker in tone and often registers closer to tragedy than comedy.”

The artist, most famous for his steel and mixed-media wall sculptures, was tight-lipped before the exhibition this weekend and declined media interviews.

The works were not accompanied by clarifying notes as Murray wants the pieces to “speak for themselves”.

A friend said the new work is largely autobiographical and depicts Murray’s emotions after the ANC insisted The Spear be removed in May 2012. Murray has told journalists he feared for his life at the time.

Later in 2012, rap star P Diddy bought a work by Murray called Manifesto.

Again Again will run in Cape Town until May 16.

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