Collector still wants The Spear

2012-05-30 12:29

Johannesburg - The German collector who bought the painting depicting President Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed wants the artwork, Goodman Gallery director Liza Essers said on Wednesday.

"The collector does want the painting in its defaced form," she confirmed during a media briefing at the gallery with the ANC.

The ANC and the gallery announced a settlement agreement on the controversial artwork by Brett Murray, who was "saddened" by the saga, said Essers.

The ruling party said it would not make sense to continue with a court case against The Spear painting.

"Indeed, we are no longer taking the Goodman Gallery to court. We are no longer taking City Press to court," said ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu.

Mthembu said now that a settlement had been reached, the court action in the South Gauteng High Court was no longer necessary.

"There is no need for us to continue taking City Press to court, or the Goodman Gallery to court. It would not make sense," said Mthembu.

Essers said the painting would not be displayed in the gallery because it had been defaced.

The settlement agreement with the ANC did not include an agreement on removing the picture from the Goodman Gallery's website.

However, she said the image would be taken down from the website at some point.

The ANC went to court to get the painting removed from the gallery, and also took the City Press to court because it had published a picture of the painting on its website.

Meanwhile, the Film and Publications Board was expected to decide by the end of the week on whether the painting should be classified.

  • Gichumz - 2012-05-30 12:33

    Show them our president LOL

      Squeegee - 2012-05-30 12:38

      ANC bullies. Gastapo. WHat next?

      Refugee - 2012-05-30 12:39

      YAWWWWWWWWN ....Not another SPEAR story again , you would swear that's all that's happening in this country for the past 2 weeks or so .... can we go back to real issues now ...limpompo 2 billion scandal ,EC education , Juju farming ,Presidency (non Zulu please)

      procold2 - 2012-05-30 12:46

      The artist,gallery and the german collector are all winners, onlt losers have been the anc and the tax payers for all the wasted time and money with an abandoned court case

      Janice - 2012-05-30 12:46

      The ANC must be so embarrased, what a joke!!!!!!!!!!

      Tony Lapson - 2012-05-30 15:34

      @Janice, The ANC don't feel embarrassment, regret, remorse or responsibility. They feel power and money.

      Pieter - 2012-05-31 06:32

      Where's my dignity he? I can not find it. Eats goone. Haou.

  • Marion - 2012-05-30 12:35

    The German collector isn't doff. He knows that defaced painting is worth more now than it was before due to the controversy surrounding it.

      Refugee - 2012-05-30 12:41

      it mite be John Travolta who bought the painting

      Merven - 2012-05-30 13:09

      If it was John Travolta he would've insisted that the tools be visible and cleaned up.

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-30 14:18

      Marion , I will incur further value to the Image as I intend to Urinate on this item whilst at Customs.

      Marion - 2012-05-30 15:51

      Hi Tamaranui - only urinate? :-)))

  • Loo - 2012-05-30 12:37

    Im sure he does .. the "defacers" apart from not realizing that it can be restored made this painting a collector's piece .. giving it EVEN MORE value and publicity. In Ten years when the world says... RSA in its moer cause of a government over reacting to ONE man's artistic view of a president divided a country that Madiba spent his life uniting

      Marion - 2012-05-30 13:09

      @Loo - I saw in one article that they thought oil-based paint had been used which therefore made it impossible to restore the acrylic painting.

      Fussed - 2012-05-30 13:18

      Next headlines. The "defacers" want there cut for there part in increasing the value of the painting.

      Loo - 2012-05-30 13:31

      Nope other way around Marion .. The painting is in oil and acrylic was used to deface it. Making it possible to restore. That is how I have it anyway. Any high end portrait would have been done in oil,, and I dont think the dom prof or the kid would have spent serious money on oil paint anyway.

      Marion - 2012-05-30 13:51

      @Loo - This is what they say on Goodman Gallery site: The Spear, 2011 Acrylic on canvas 185 x 140cm Old article from City Press: Painting specialist Phillippa Duncan told the newspaper that it was wise to leave the work in its vandalised state. In future its value would probably increase given the political scandal and publicity surrounding it, she said. “Time is going to tell and it would be interesting to see if the owner will leave or restore it,” Duncan said. The Spear is an acrylic on canvas. Painting conservator Teresa Wimberly said restoration depended on the quality of the surface. It would have been easier to restore had the painting been varnished, she said.

      Loo - 2012-05-30 14:10

      Ahh thanks for that Marion, ,I stand corrected then ,, first time in my life I'm wrong :) ** chuckles a little bit **

      Loo - 2012-05-30 14:45

      @tamawhatever .. I suppose WC stand for "White C..." See thing is .. little Keyboard Ninjas that hide in corners in real life doesn't phase me dude. LOL your mother must be so disappointed, having had to carry you for 4 months

  • edwin.cloete - 2012-05-30 12:39

    clever German LOL its priceless.

  • En - 2012-05-30 12:42

    YHO NEWS24.....spear spear spear spear spear spear. Hayi no. Enough now please. I'm sure someone got hijacked about that

      Schmee - 2012-05-30 12:48

      Did you see how much the KZN roayl budget is being increased by? Eish

      Marion - 2012-05-30 13:09

      @En - seems like violent protests in Walmer PE at present.

      Marion - 2012-05-30 13:18

      Something else for you En. Supposedly the most powerful computer virus ever. Is that enough to satisfy you? :-)))

  • wnkambule - 2012-05-30 12:47

    "Porn Gallery!"

  • dylan.kuys - 2012-05-30 12:49

    News 24 running the same story over and over, please find something more worth while to read im so bored of this already.

  • Luviwe - 2012-05-30 12:52

    I think the vandals and the free pulicity have added more value to the painting. Clever collector.

      Merven - 2012-05-30 13:10

      A big thanks to the ANC for that.

      eradingoana - 2012-05-30 13:21

      Brett is now a Hero, congratulations man. He won the fight because the painting will stay in everyone's mind and was made famous by the ANC through a huge unexpected media coverage.

      Marion - 2012-05-30 13:53

      @eradingoana - he may be a hero in your mind but he certainly isn't in mine and many others.

      Russell - 2012-05-30 14:35

      The ANC itself added value to the painting through their kneejerk, racist, heavy handed reaction.

      isabel.w.stokes - 2012-05-30 15:38

      Brett's my hero! So Zuma has lost his dignity? Well, to lose something you had to have had it in the first place!

      Marion - 2012-05-30 15:53

      @isabel - you could paint something a lot better than that painting any day of the week. Maybe not as controversial, but certainly better.

  • gideon.rossouw - 2012-05-30 12:53

    The celebration by the ANC of the alleged vandal of the painting during the march on the Goodman Gallery is clearly inappropriate. It is vulgar populism, and undermines the rule of law and social order.

  • Jimmy - 2012-05-30 13:04

    A fool and his money soon shall part.

  • Dexter - 2012-05-30 13:05

    The ANC can embarrass themselves over and over again, their mindless brainwashed followers will still toi toi whenever they are called in. Can we get some new stories on news24?

  • Riaan - 2012-05-30 13:06

    Ofcourse they won't take them to court, because they don't have a hope in hell to win the case!! Knowing that, the ANC rather reverted to mass action, vandalism, violance and intimidation..... something they are very good at - not so much intellect...

  • netswera.livhuwani - 2012-05-30 13:14

    This painting has taught South Africans a valuable lesson that should not be ignored. Both blacks and whites are to blame when it comes to racial tensions in Mzansi. We need to start acknowledging and appreciating diversity as a nation. This scales down to individual levels, one doesn’t need to know the other's culture or like it; but just let it be without coursing problems. South Africa is not invisible from the rest of the world, just some few years back we burnt people from other African countries, that issue is not really addressed yet. What is next? Black people killing whites or visa versa? Then we will all be happy? Let’s stop fueling hatred even here in our blog, let’s be reasonable enough to be part of the solution. I believe if you have a problem and you don’t want to address it in order to resolve it, you then becoming a part of a problem. I hate you, I hate you too, how is that going to solve that problem? Both of you are not smart.

      Luviwe - 2012-05-30 13:31

      I pledge my contribution in that regard. AWAY WITH RACIAL HATERATE.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-05-30 13:49

      I am with you!!!!!

      emile.marais - 2012-05-30 15:17

      Hear, hear! Fully agree with you!

      Dee - 2012-05-30 17:47

      Amen to that! I'm joining your Human Race Party. My subscription fees : In the real world - I undertake to seek daily opportunities for acts and communication founded in courtesy, kindness, respect, and decency amongst my fabulously diverse community. In this cyber world - I seek to really understand differing points of view; will ignore posts containing words such as "idiot" or cANCer; ..... There must be many more - and I don't know how to express one that acknowledges / regrets the level of 'minority' arrogance. May I strive to stand above that.

  • eradingoana - 2012-05-30 13:15

    "There is no need for us to continue taking City Press to court, or the Goodman Gallery to court. It would not make sense,said Mthembu. The Court action itself from the start it did not make sense. Is it now that they realize such? They raped City Press and believe they have won. How do you win a battle with threats and blackmail?

      Luviwe - 2012-05-30 13:32

      Shallow mindedness.

  • Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-05-30 13:32

    Thank goodness for that they saved the tax payer some money

  • msibi.zenzele - 2012-05-30 13:33

    This man wants attention with his wealthy. Better give to the needy ones than insisting with this nonsense painting.

      Daniel - 2012-05-30 14:16

      Ist that the governments job? If not then maybe ask juju for some of his millions

  • Nomfundo - 2012-05-30 13:38

    Now Nzimande wants the painting destroyed, he insists it must not leave the country. He is such a reactionary; @ 1st they were happy the painting was vandalised because they don't understand art and what artist really appreciate; now that they realise that the painting has so much history behind it which will generate more interest, they want it destroyed. How many electronic copies of that painting are doing rounds right now? Nzaimande, I think you have impressed Zuma enough, you will get a cabinet post again in the next corrupt and greedy ANC government so stop making a fool of yourself now, enough p-l-e-a-s-e!!

      msibi.zenzele - 2012-05-30 13:46

      Even you @Nomfundo I think you are lost and you don't know yourself,your roots,your right to dignity. Don't be influenced by this foreign ideology. You are an African. This painting indeed need to be destroyed that's all.

      Tsietsi - 2012-05-30 13:48

      You are so right Nomfundo. This whole saga was actually a chance for the likes of Nzimande to lick Zuma's *ss. Enough indeed!

      Palesa Thumbu - 2012-05-30 14:08

      You are right bro Nomfundo lets not confuse this with politics Zuma is a human with feeling and it hurt him when treated that low his someone else's father and his genitals are not a political stature but his private parts

  • gawie.botha - 2012-05-30 13:48

    The painting now looks like the Devil with two red horns,,fighting to save himself from hell fire!

  • nkadimeng - 2012-05-30 13:51

    Simply put, the ANC has wasted the state resources, i mean judges where there and actually did some work thus far, will they be paying the cost incurred? i mean some one has got to food the bill, it certainly cant be the taxpayer.

  • Roy - 2012-05-30 13:55

    Please can someone paint another, was a good laugh!!

      Palesa Thumbu - 2012-05-30 14:14

      Roy my man if that was ur dad u wouldn't be laughing Zuma is a human just like u. Do to others as u want done to you and this is not a political matter its a human right violation

      IcemanGP - 2012-05-30 14:36

      Me thinks Tammygirl is gay, wanting to see pictures of Man-Love.

  • Wendy - 2012-05-30 14:01

    I heard the painting will be destroyed...and so it should!

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-30 14:26

      Agreed however If not destroyed then off this Continent would be the next best option.

  • Kissmea - 2012-05-30 14:04

    More worried about the spear than the hungry children in the townships!!

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-30 14:25

      Yeah, Thanks Murray.

  • IcemanGP - 2012-05-30 14:19

    "Indeed, we are no longer taking the Goodman Gallery to court. We are no longer taking City Press to court," said ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu. ... That is because you know it's a lost cause, and you already look like complete and utter idiots in the international arena.

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-30 14:25

      So is your Opinion unfortunately it is not as simple as this.

  • Johan - 2012-05-30 14:25

    Reading the comments made here and in other stories is like opening a soapbox full of bubbles.

  • Schmee - 2012-05-30 14:29

    And through all of this the ANC proved that they don't need Malema to make them look like a bunch of idiots.

  • Rockafella - 2012-05-30 14:35

    The collector must learn 2 voetsek!!

  • Maria - 2012-05-30 14:48

    Collector to be given the Painting, ANC and Gallery reached settlement agreement-case closed - I wonder how much taxpayers' money has been wasted - the marchers, t-shirts, banners, Oh I nearly forget - that crying baby advocate - What's gonna happen to the Professor and that man - the security guy who moered that man - this must come to an end bantu I'm tired of this Spear/Shield thing.

  • heather.scheepers3 - 2012-05-30 15:18


      isabel.w.stokes - 2012-05-30 15:33

      Probably isn't worth seeing, Heather!

  • isabel.w.stokes - 2012-05-30 15:30

    So the art world and the press are succumbing to ANC bully-boy tactics. We should all be very afraid. This really is the thin end of a very big wedge. Now they know they can get away with it nothing will be safe.

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-05-30 15:37

    As a patriotic South African, I urge the ANC to launch an urgent court interdict against Lufthansa from carrying that offending painting from SA to Germany. They should also lodge a complaint in a German court to prevent the unnamed buyer from taking the painting into Germany. Hell, why not also sue him in a German high court to prevent him from talking about his investment at dinner parties or even with his friends at the golf course. Remember when the ANCYL wanted to close down Twitter? Maybe the ANC could re-open that case and include Facebook and Google as further respondents, to prevent the painting from being broadcast in cyberspace. Go on, you macho ANC leadership, march on Facebook headquarters in the US. You have managed to silence 2 defenceless women in that manner. Try taking on someone your own size for once you spineless cowards. I wonder if you should not also take your Secrecy Bill to the ICC to see if you can silence the world. Go on!

  • Dooie - 2012-05-30 16:07

    Give it to him. It was worth every penny.

  • johleneh - 2012-05-31 07:48

    A mentally challenged girl is gang raped and the video of this heinous act,goes viral, our schools don't have books, our police chief is a criminal, I can go on and on and yet, NO ONE took to the streets to protest this, no one is protesting and marching regarding the slaughter of our rhinos, but yet precious resources are wasted on a painting and censoring an artist and art gallery.. what is becoming of our beloved country...? Where is the justice? Our priorities and our humanity? Down the bloody drain...

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