Stop­forth of­fer­ing re­calls Biko’s bru­tal death

Pretoria News - - SPORT - – Auc­tions Writer

WITH Tues­day mark­ing the 40th an­niver­sary of the death of strug­gle mar­tyr Steve Biko, one art­work on of­fer at the Rus­sell Ka­plan sale in Rand­burg to­mor­row is par­tic­u­larly poignant.

The work is In­ter­ro­ga­tion Space #3, part of the se­ries of artis­tic ren­der­ings South African artist Paul Stop­forth pro­duced to re­call deaths in de­ten­tion. In the 1980s, Stop­forth cre­ated per­haps some of his most fa­mous works on the bru­tal death of Biko with his 20 Biko draw­ings now re­garded as among the great apartheid protest art­works.

In ad­di­tion to the wide range of col­lecta­bles, an oil paint­ing by Gre­goire Boon­zaier and a book of 17 signed linocuts, which the artist com­piled and pre­sented to his framer, will also be on of­fer at to­mor­row’s sale. Works by Arthur Gol­dre­ich, Phile­mon Hlumg­wani, Chris Tug­well, Wal­ter Bat­tiss, Mau­rice van Ess­che and Steven Co­hen are among the lots.

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