Stopforth offering recalls Biko’s brutal death
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.