Goodman Gallery appeals Spear ruling

2012-07-10 17:57

Johannesburg - The Goodman Gallery is appealing the classification of The Spear painting as unsuitable for under-16s, spokesperson Lara Koseff said on Tuesday.

Last month, the classification committee of the Film and Publications Board (FBP) gave artist Brett Murray's painting a 16N rating.

This means children under the age of 16 should not have access to the artwork, because it displays nudity.

The FPB also ruled that its classification committee had the necessary jurisdiction to classify the painting, even though it had since been defaced.

"It is against both these decisions that Goodman Gallery has noted its appeal to the appeal tribunal," Koseff said in a statement.

The grounds for appealing the classification include that the committee "failed to give adequate consideration to the fact that The Spear is a bona fide work of artistic merit by a bona fide artist, and is a work of political satire".

The committee had not given sufficient regard to the constitutionally protected expression of the artist.

It did not take into account that the image was published largely on the internet, and the guidelines on classification do not deal with the problems of classifying online publications.

Koseff said the committee "took into account questions of sensitive adults and broader issues of dignity" but the classification was limited to questions of children.

The committee "in any event erred in concluding that a 16N classification was appropriate", she said.

The painting depicts President Jacob Zuma with exposed genitals.

At the time of the ruling, FPB CEO Yoliswa Makhasi said the board understood that the image of the painting had gone viral, but urged youths under the age of 16 to delete copies of it.

City Press, which originally published the picture in its newspaper and on its website, also has the right to appeal to the FPB's appeal tribunal.

  • jean.tredoux.5 - 2012-07-10 18:04

    Ridiculous ruling!!! What about paintings exposing women's breast or any other nude sculpture or painting?!

      sheda.habib - 2012-07-10 18:39

      What about Ayanda Mabulu's art

      ianon.ym - 2012-07-10 19:30

      Morons -

      Michael Green - 2012-07-10 20:13

      It just proves the mentality of these people! Laws custom made to suit the ruling government, and to hell with logic and common sense!

      Hermann - 2012-07-10 20:43

      Ban the David and Venus statues and all photographs of it. Nanny state syndrome. A 12 year old can today tell the Film and Publications Board more about the birds and the bees than what they know.

      Jo.Davies123 - 2012-07-11 08:00

      So true. It is all over the show. What would this judge say about Zipiro's latest pic of the prez?

  • Sharmay - 2012-07-10 18:13

    Sistine Chapel, Statue of David, Venus de Milo..(Forgive my spelling)all of these have nudity.. No under 16's allowed to see then? Asseblief! The government should stop focusing on the petty stuff and focus on what they get paid to do.

      Michael Green - 2012-07-10 20:10


  • joe.farmer.92775 - 2012-07-10 18:15

    i don't think the age restriction was harsh enough. any picture or painting of Zoomer should carry a 95 year plus rating. this should include TV broadcasts

      thulanit3 - 2012-07-10 19:59

      Gwaaa gwaaaaaa gwaaaaa

  • Seena - 2012-07-10 18:20

    let them enjoy their art...artistic expression, freedom of expression and all that mambo jumble because some people like to giggle at such...but not the children of the most high, we natives of this continet have no time for trash

      victor.tamaranui - 2012-07-10 18:41

      Agreed 110%

      burtfred.brown - 2012-07-10 18:45

      And you also have no understanding of real freedom.

      Muffin_man_can - 2012-07-10 19:22

      Please clarrify for me, are you referring to all black people as children of the most high (God)?

      Sarpong Mark - 2012-07-10 20:07


      Michael Green - 2012-07-10 20:08

      Oh please, this is so last century! Does this mean that Rome and all it's artwork is to be rated 16? Can you imagine children been banned from the works of Michael Angelo? Get a life publications board, and grow up!

      IcemanGP - 2012-07-10 21:04

      Oh grow up Seena, a BLACK ARTIST did one that was more graphic. So cut your holier than thou Crap.

  • bronwyn.tredger - 2012-07-10 18:21

    What a ridiculous ruling. Nevermind the 16 yr olds who are already rapists!!!!

      victor.tamaranui - 2012-07-10 18:49

      Don't be a foolish unit, There are Minor Rapist all over the World, Why do you think all these distasteful criminal acts only happen in RSA ?? Are you just inadequate ?? Is this the only way you can live your life in Africa ?? Wake the ........... Up.

      victor.tamaranui - 2012-07-10 18:51

      As a Fact, It is the West that lowered Moral standards and continue to push the boundaries today.... Indigenous Cultures have been Infected by this Lifestyle.

      IcemanGP - 2012-07-10 20:55

      Victor, you have not the slightest inkling what the heck you are talking about.

  • carl.debeer.33 - 2012-07-10 18:37

    Oh! really South Africa!....just get on with life!

  • victor.tamaranui - 2012-07-10 18:40

    R18 , I reckon. Seems this Gallery is doing very well to continue with this Ridiculous issue. Have yous not learnt your lesson by now, considering all that has past ?? Move on OR Move out !!

      Muffin_man_can - 2012-07-10 19:25

      SHUT UP

      victor.tamaranui - 2012-07-10 19:51

      Oh no, Tis the best offered ??

      IcemanGP - 2012-07-10 20:52

      Our cANCer paid troll is back. Come now child, delete all your porn like a good boy.

  • burtfred.brown - 2012-07-10 18:46

    Zuma has used the appeal system to the point of nausia and boredom. Good for you, Laura, play the man at his own game.

      Irene - 2012-07-10 19:12

      @victor ~ Yes Lara. Read the article brightspark!

  • BulletProof. - 2012-07-10 19:04

    Any 16 year hold can look down on is so whats's the problem to show a picture or a statue with that , we can even see them on the public gardens, pleeeeease.

  • torstein.riiber - 2012-07-10 19:28

    Brilliant advertising - for free!!

  • Seena - 2012-07-10 19:30

    if she wins the case she must ask her brother murray to make more replicas of that trash disguised as art so she can decorate her living room so their families and friends can savour their culture...these people get thrilled by things like this ...plz don't bring these things near us natives we are different people

      Irene - 2012-07-10 19:55

      Backward much?

      Muffin_man_can - 2012-07-10 20:14

      Yes you scratch your genitals and piss in public in full view of everyone, extremely civilized! Don't act all holy woman, your 'native' president inspired Murray's painting with his whoring behaviour.

  • thulanit3 - 2012-07-10 20:07

    Stupidity continues...!

  • lerato.kay.3 - 2012-07-10 20:19

    So basically these guys are fighting for 8 year olds' rights to view and admire Zuma's spear, forget about book deliveries - wow, just goes to show artists' intelligence its amazing and am chuffed

  • Hermann - 2012-07-10 20:40

    Is this back to the future or forward to the past?

  • Marco - 2012-07-10 21:51

    F@#$ both sides of this lame issue.

  • simon.walsh.311 - 2012-07-11 11:30

    This should not be about nudity or age restriction. That misses the point (no pun intended). But should there not be some level of right and wrong to artwork theme and subject matter? Just to label it "Art" or "Satire" doesnt suddenly make it ok. Respect and common decency has to come in at some level.

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