Cape Town artist praises Zuma painter

2012-05-23 17:05

Johannesburg - A Cape Town artist has praised painter Brett Murray for his controversial portrait of President Jacob Zuma, The Star reported on Wednesday.

Satirical artist Ayanda Mabulu said Murray's The Spear, which depicts Zuma with his genitals exposed, was powerful. There was no room for "phoney metaphors" when it came to social commentary, he said.

He criticised the African National Congress for taking the matter to court.

"[The ANC] are dark and illiterate. They must go back to school and come back tomorrow."

He said art knew no colour or race as it spoke a universal language.

Mabulu himself painted Zuma with his penis showing in 2010. The painting Ngcono ihlwempu kunesibhanxo sesityebi (Better Poor than a Rich Puppet) features Zuma and seven other world leaders such as Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela, and Desmond Tutu. Tutu is naked in the painting.

In the painting Zuma's penis is supported by a crutch, a metaphor, according to Mabulu, showing Zuma's sexual escapades were out of control and needed help, The Star reported.

Two men defaced the portrait with red and black paint, obscuring the face and waist of the figure on Tuesday morning. They were released from the Rosebank police station late on Tuesday night on bail of R1 000 each. They would appear in the Johannesburg Regional Court on Wednesday.

A third person, who was arrested for allegedly trying to spray paint the word "respect" on a wall of the Goodman Gallery, appeared in the Hillbrow Magistrate's Court and was released on R1 000 bail. All three face charges of malicious damage to property.

  • Ryno - 2012-05-23 17:08

    "[The ANC] are dark and illiterate. They must go back to school and come back tomorrow." Give this man a Canvas!!!

      shireen.abbas - 2012-05-23 18:05

      Add a BELL'S to that ! Lol

      Ntuthuko - 2012-05-23 22:12

      The painting is on the money,I'm not racist nor illiterate,You will often witness Mandela on statues with his fist held high(Amandla style),Tutu in his bishop's outfit,its how we know you that you will be painted,whether the it was the shower or Khoza's daughter that earned him the spotlight on his manhood,the fact remains,its his own doing.

      Sandra - 2012-05-24 09:52

      Ntuthuko you are right you are not racist or illiterate, in fact you are not only educated but very perceptive as well! Wish more South Africans regardless of race, gender or political affiliation, were like you. Its what you do, that you gets remembered for. JZ's legacy will be that of a man who has 4 or is it 5 wives (so hard to keep up with it) but still has the need to father children out of wedlock! You live in the public eye, you get ridiculed in public to! Mandela and Tutu have created their own dignity and earned their own respect. Viva Tata!!!!!

      Nicolaas - 2012-05-28 22:20

      Ryno, you took the words out of my mouth!

  • Manu - 2012-05-23 17:27

    Ahh That's a given. He has to support Bret otherwise he would be condemning his own work.

      trevor.thato - 2012-05-23 21:48

      True that. Ayanda Mabulu's desperate attempt to shine on Brett's shine is pathetic. Funny how no one gave 2 shts about his painting in 2010. 'Bright' illiterate

      Hugh_Influence - 2012-05-24 00:09

      Aah Trevor indeed - why did they not care about Ayandas work in 2010 and suddenly care now hmm? Please do enlighten me.

  • onlineivan - 2012-05-23 18:20

    NOW is the time to focus on what we have in common. NOW is the time to share our gifts with each other. NOW is the time to listen to real people instead of the media. NOW is the time, the chance, our moment to be freeā€¦ and that can only be true if we are all together. There are no differences between us, only diversity. There is no Us and Them. There is only one as it has and always will be,. We only have the choice of realizing Unity or the Illusion of separation. We are one. NOW more than ever before.

      Clayton Richard Delport - 2012-05-24 17:44

      I like this

  • HugoMabasa - 2012-05-23 18:21

    pissed that he didnt get the attention

      mduduziamadeus - 2012-05-23 18:46

      Mabulu is suffering from ASD(attention seeking disorder)

  • SaintBruce - 2012-05-23 18:27

    Ayanda is black and Brett is white. Canvases start white Expression is open to interpretation and every sculpture, painting, cartoon drawing or even body paint exhibit etc, says something different to each person. Some see value others see smut or an item of no relevance to them. Advanced societies understand the conversation each piece starts and not all of these end up in the same place. Retarded societies [closed ones] simply ban all freedom of expression as no one is supposed to be able to think for themselves. I have one beef: The management at the Goodman Gallery - artsy though they may be - have shown ignorance at the bigger picture of this issue and failed the owner of the work to protect it [plexiglass / show a reproduction print / place it at a distance to the public etc.] from the mob mentality of the ANC supporters. I bet when Michelangelo's David was unveiled it did not cause a stir because those in his day could appreciate craftsmanship and had done so for hundred's of years! My , how Africa has still to catch up!

  • mduduziamadeus - 2012-05-23 18:37

    Artists like these two should try to limit their frequeny of smokin weed/nyaope/tik/whoonga/whatever they smoke.

      Hugh_Influence - 2012-05-24 00:13

      Did you smoke with them when you made this ignorant and judgmental comment?

      Nicolaas - 2012-05-28 22:22

      @mdoos! you should really try to limit exposing yourself as stupid!

  • Hudayfah - 2012-05-23 18:40

    You Mr. Mabula is a racist . . .no wait you are black. . .uhm . . .you are an illiterate . . .ha a not that one also . .you are a . . .give me a sec . . .you are a coconut . .that one can work. You said the anc is dark. . .hooeehooe,did you mean black dark or dark in nature? You know what happened with the 'refugee' thing. .Better not use such terms.

  • Hugh_Influence - 2012-05-24 00:17

    The world is a funny place, and man oh man, South Africa is the punchline right now.

  • Inkunzi - 2012-05-24 04:14

    Thanks Ayanda sit down...who are you anyway?

      Nicolaas - 2012-05-28 22:25

      inkwenkwe, you really that stupid not to know who Ayanda is? Please ask Zoomer that question? You will get an answer in 12 yrs time after his commision of inquiry has reported to him their findings.

  • Gert - 2012-05-24 08:46

    Where is it hanging--I mean the painting--couldn't they show a picture in this article--?? or are the news media already bullied by the dictators to such an extend that they are too scared to show it???????

  • Clayton Richard Delport - 2012-05-24 17:47

    So where's all the racist commentators that where saying very horrible things in the white guys painting?

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