Owner to keep vandalised painting

2012-05-26 11:57

Johannesburg - The German art collector who bought the painting of President Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed will not restore the work and will collect it in person, it was reported on Saturday.

The Spear, by Brett Murray, was on exhibition in the Goodman Gallery in Rosebank when it was defaced by two men on Tuesday.

It was the subject of a court battle this week when the ANC applied to have it taken off exhibition and an image of it removed from the City Press newspaper's website.

The Saturday Citizen reported that Goodman Gallery director, Liza Essers, had spoken to the painting's owner who said he wanted the work "as is".

The collector bought the painting, valued at R136 000, in early May.

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 was quoted as saying.

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 told the Saturday Citizen.

  • TSOTSI Smilification - 2012-05-26 12:03

    Keep it as it is! It remind everyone there are "nut jobs", "dictators" and, artistic expression in SA!

      Omo - 2012-05-26 13:48

      But seriously only an idiot will actually pay for that painting.Oh one already did!

      Irene - 2012-05-26 18:53

      One thing's for sure. The provenance of this painting has just tripled it's value.

      Fidel - 2012-05-27 12:22

      How does a person being an idiot has to do with his nationality. Are there no idiots in German?

  • James - 2012-05-26 12:13

    Only an idiot would restore it. The value of that painting has Quadrupled thanks to the morons at ANC. what a great investment. If only the cANCer had kept its big fat mouth shut......

  • Jacqui - 2012-05-26 12:16

    What ever this collector fancies. Personally I can think of much nicer things to spend my money on.

      given.makalima - 2012-05-26 12:26

      Me too jacqui,me too

      Fussed - 2012-05-26 12:38

      He saw the bigger picture

  • veldt66 - 2012-05-26 12:17

    I can print him an original version completely with a spear pointed downwards!!!

      spookhuis - 2012-05-26 12:29

      If you "print it" it is not "original" .........sigh

      Piet - 2012-05-26 12:32

      Stupiddity prevails.

      Ali - 2012-05-26 13:01

      @PieterWolf It's unfortunate that the irony of your comment will be lost on you.

  • shalner.adonis - 2012-05-26 12:33

    Restoring it isn't even an option... the painting is now complete and if I had the cash, I would definately buy it!

      pamela.opperman.7 - 2012-05-26 13:06

      spell correctly- definitely!!

      colin.dovey - 2012-05-26 14:16

      decidedly - emphatically - unquestionably - by all odds - in spades - resolutely.......teacher is watching :-)

      Berthram Bowles - 2012-05-26 14:24

      Eviree bodie gow heyde! the grammir natzie ees heer!!

      Sheik - 2012-05-26 14:42

      Wouldn't hang that prick on my wall, even in it's censored form.

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-05-26 12:37

    Can you imagine the value of this painting in 10-15 years's an original...with a history.If I were Zuma....I would most certainly buy this painting....put it in my basement...and try to forget the whole incident.

      annarie.vanderschyff - 2012-05-26 12:51

      zuma hasnt got the money to buy it, but the taxpayers has.

      Jenny - 2012-05-26 15:17

      Do you really believe anyone will remember the painting in 10 years time? So many other more important events will crowd it out long before then.

      elmariebarnards - 2012-05-27 11:07

      No, Sandra I don't agree with all you say. If I were him I would also try en buy it and safe it for a rainy day.........I mean that is when the Anc clan has cleared out the country's finances. Then Zuma wil at least have the pic to sell for a few million to tide him over.

  • george.pito - 2012-05-26 12:43

    This guy is now recognised as a painter. Zuma and crowd for what they are. So they added the value to make the painting true and a masterpiece

  • tony.makin2 - 2012-05-26 12:56

    The problem with this painting is size.There would never have been all the fuss had the offending item been much bigger.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-05-26 13:37

    The German made a wise decision. At least someone other than the lawyers will get something out of this!!

  • Serame - 2012-05-26 13:43

    politics aside!!surely an artist should to some reasonable extent obtain a consent from any1 they are trying to make a potriat of..bcos there are commercial gains associated with it..huhh

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-05-26 13:46

    The German should have a poster mad the same size as the painting and hang them together. It will be an incredible international conversation piece. It is certainly a collectors piece. The stupid ANC has made it a very popular work of art.

  • mike.clery - 2012-05-26 13:47

    What's art and where do you draw the line? To put it in perspective - Damien Hirst said in an interview with BBC News Online: The thing about 9/11 is that it's kind of like an artwork in its own right ... David Hockney said that it was the 'most wicked piece of artwork'—a lot of people have compared it to a work of art. Of course, it's visually stunning and you've got to hand it to them on some level because they've achieved something which nobody would have ever have thought possible—especially to a country as big as America. So on one level they kind of need congratulating, which a lot of people shy away from, which is a very dangerous thing. This isn't about people's opinions of Zuma the person.

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-05-26 13:55

    I see the race card is still being played in many of the comments. It shows that apartheid is still very alive.

      Norbert - 2012-05-26 23:45

      Unfortunately racism will exist until the whole human race is extinct.

      monkinsane - 2012-05-28 13:14

      Imvubu, So true, and not just in south africa. It's just more in the spotlight over here.

  • Bee Mcaks - 2012-05-26 14:00

    gud for him

  • Dakey - 2012-05-26 14:04

    Well done to a struggling artist. An otherwise useless painting fetches R136 000, all in the name of freedom of speech right, regardless how many it might offend.

      Stewart Croucamp - 2012-05-26 14:09

      I feel so liberated by this painting. Thanks Brett.

  • fanie.smit.5 - 2012-05-26 14:22

    What has the Spear, Wilber Smith and Andre Brink in common. They were made famous by incopetant goverments, by banning their works or when you are more stupid like the present ANC goverment, trying to ban something.

  • Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-05-26 14:46

    @Peace i have few friends that are black that guy and go to swinger clubs so don't come on this page and talk rubbish

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  • Johan - 2012-05-26 18:31

    I hope Brett Murray is going to share some of that money with the two vandals. They also contributed to the final work of art. LOL.

  • amani.labat - 2012-05-26 19:12

    That is not African i cant even hang the picture in my wall.

      SaintBruce - 2012-05-26 23:40

      Shack not big enough? The defacers of the painting seemed not to realise it was sold to another person and on loan to the Gallery for the exhibition. The owner is likely to be wealthy so I hope he sues them for hundreds of thousands and wins. Jacob Zuma could have won International acclaim by handling the matter differently and with diplomacy, instead, he has brought Worldwide ridicule on himself and his political party. Badly handled just like most things the Government try to do!

  • Seena - 2012-05-26 21:10

    swines love filth...

      melania.nel - 2012-05-27 09:54

      Google Ayanda Mabula and label him too after you see his painting of a naked zuma.

  • Jonathan - 2012-05-27 08:05

    Hang on to that painting. It is going to be worth millions!!! Good investment.

  • billidp - 2012-05-27 10:28

    Wise move on his behalf - the vandalisation and ensuing court-cases etc have definitely added value to it!

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  • Tugwana - 2012-05-28 12:09

    A painting with cheap red & black paint over it has value!!! Most ppl have lost their marbles here. Shameful!

      monkinsane - 2012-05-28 13:17

      You clearly don't understand art, grow some culture.

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