South Africa & Brett Murray
South Africa, officially the Republic of South Africa, is a country located at the southern tip of Africa. Brett Murray (I) (born in 1961) is a South African artist mostly known for his steel and mixed media wall sculptures. /5
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Reading about the DA march saga. I couldn't help imagining how much the movement's reaction to some of these things help generate the airtime for them. In his book Brett Murray thanks the spear saga for propelling him into stardom. Imagine if no one responded to the DA march weeks before it was meant to happen. Just imagine. At a more serious level. There is something worrying about our capacity to tolerate each other. I got concerned when we speak of "defending Luthuli House" against marches. Many years later we will look back and realise how much we didn't understand the workings of democracy 20 years into the new South Africa. Maybe we will also realise how much of the baggage of the struggle days we carried into a democratic South Africa. Sho
SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande says a law preventing people from insulting a sitting president is more than necessary because white South Africans have shown very little respect for blacks and their cultures. Nzimande became the first senior tripartite alliance leader to publicly back a call for the so-called insult law on Wednesday, saying whites have pushed their black counterparts to the limit with their disrespectful treatment of President Jacob Zuma. Suggesting that whites respected only Jewish and Afrikaner cultures, Nzimande said the free-for-all lampooning of the country’s president, by artist Brett Murray and other like-minded people, threatened to undo social cohesion and unity brought by the new dispensation in 1994. But constitutional law expert Pierre de Vos believes such a law would not work in South Africa as it would be in conflict with the constitution and the rule of law, which is the principle that no one is above the law or more equal than others. The Higher Education and trai ...
Censors in South Africa repeal youth restrictions on viewing Brett Murray's painting of President Jacob Zuma's manhood.
The baton has been passed frm Brett Murray(The Spear), to Ayanda Mabula(Umshini Wam)! What are these Artists telling us about the President of South Africa...J Zuma?
29/05/12 Over 5000 ANC members march to the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg (South Africa) to protest against Brett Murray's portrait of President Jacob Zuma...
Cartoonist Zapiro scoops world prize ANDILE NDLOVU | 13 June, 2012 00:01 Jonathan Zapiro spares no one in his political cartoons. Image by: Daniel Born South Africa's best-known cartoonist, Jonathan "Zapiro" Shapiro, has won the International Publishers Association's Freedom to Publish prize. Shapiro will collect the award from the association's president, YoungSuk Chi, at the closing ceremony of its 29th congress in Cape Town tomorrow. "I'm thrilled. I really am because, when this sort of thing comes along at a particularly right moment, it does seem all that more meaningful. "It comes at a time when I'm being sued by the president and when my fellow artist, Brett Murray, has come under savage attack and other artists, such as Zanele Muholi andAndries Botha, have also found themselves under attack," Shapiro said. President Jacob Zuma's defamation lawsuit against Shapiro, over the 2008 cartoon titled Rape of Lady Justice, is set to be heard from October 25. Zuma says in court papers that the cartoon is de ...
another one on Jacob Zuma shutting down contemporary art gallery in South Africa over controversial art by Brett Murray
I dont care what Brett Murray or Steven Pienaar say, i love South Africa. They can go to England, maybe they'll be given nuts and bananas.
Dear Comrade Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma the First, by the Grace of God President of the Republic of South Africa, Head of the Household, Defender of the Faith, Pastor of the Flock, Defeater of the Mbeki, Unifier of the Nation, Msholozi of Msholozis, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Sea, Conqueror of the Apartheid Regime and Owner of Property in Nkandla, I hereby greet you. I am using your full title as I do not wish to be accused of disrespecting you. Please do not think all white people are the same as Brett Murray. Did you know that Brett Murray is an anagram of Merry But Rat? How appropriate. Point this out to your lawyer. And did you also know that he has a Master’s of Fine Arts degree from that bastion of white supremacy, the University of Cape Town? The title of his dissertation was ‘A Group of Satirical Sculptures Examining Social and Political Paradoxes in the South African Context’. I don’t know what this means but I know it can’t be good. That was in 1989, which mea ...
I'm about to post a series of posts for those who have not been following the protests in South Africa about a painting of President Jacob Zuma by artist Brett Murray. The whole incident raises questions about the rights of artists, of politicians, of the people, and about the commercial art world vs. the real world. It's a big shame, but fascinating.
Brett Murray's painting of Jacob Zuma and his little member called The Spear which has been causing all sorts of hoo ha in South Africa recently was defaced
May 25 2012 at 05:00am By Donwald Pressly - There have been calls for Brett Murray to be stoned to death, albeit by a cleric, for his satirical “Spear of the Nation” painting of President Jacob Zuma. Whatever the artistic merits of the satirical piece of artwork are, the call to violence can never be justified unless it is defence against actual and imminent physical attack. We, however, are not known for our tolerance in South Africa. We have seen refugees from Mozambique and Zimbabwe being necklaced in public, merely because they were foreign. So tolerance of an artist’s right to expression is perhaps a little too much to expect, even from a cleric who should know better. However, the president claims that his right to dignity has been impugned. Interestingly there isn’t an avalanche of criticism – particularly from the ANC – of the online version of Western Cape Premier Helen Zille naked. She apparently welcomed the send-up. One supposes that it is better than being called a “cockroach” ...
View the photo Supporters of South African President Jacob Zuma gather outside the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg, South Africa, Tuesday May 22, 2012, as the controversial portrait of South African President Jacob Zuma painted by Brett Murray was defaced at the Goodman Gallery in Johann...
The Art Historian in me is loving being in South Africa during such art controversy. The attached link is one of the best articles I have read yet regarding the painting by Brett Murray of President Zuma "The Spear".
In as much as I believe in democracy, but this guy(Brett Murray) has gone too far in exercising his freedom of expression. I take this as an outright abuse of freedom and violation of the President's rights to privacy which he is entitled to as a citizen of South Africa. This is more than freedom of expression but direct attack to a black president, head of state and to President Zuma's family.
Lawyers acting for the artist behind the controversial painting of President Jacob Zuma will apply for an interdict to force one of the country's biggest churches to stop calling for violence against Brett Murray.
South Africa I need you to pause and imagine the horror on the face of Brett Murray - the artist of 'The Spear' - when he switched on his TV set only to be confronted by the nightmare of the educated professor and his young sidekick defacing his 'masterpiece'. Imagine his disbelief at witnessing others, just as him, exercising their 'freedom of expression'. Imagine his despair at a life-changing business deal (R136 000, 00) flushed down the drain in a few brush strokes of dripping (and matching) oil paints. Imagine his red face as he tried to make sense of it all - the terror as it dawned on him that he was not in a bad dream but that it was all really happening inside the walls of the posh Goodman Gallery where he had left his work hanging. He must have cried. I could not help but laugh as I imagined him throwing his toys off the cart and screaming louder than all the noise that his artwork has unleashed upon our country. What I saw on TV yesterday (coupled with my naughty imagination) was the funniest ...
South African President Jacob Zuma and his African National Congress sought a court order to have a painting depicting his genitals removed from an art gallery - but two men took matters into their own hands by defacing the portrait with paint. The case pits freedom of expression against the right to dignity, both guaranteed by South Africa's constitution. The painting by Brett Murray went on display in a Johannesburg gallery this month and came to the African National Congress' attention a week
SA descending into censorious mindset - Dene Smuts Dene Smuts 22 May 2012 DA MP says powerful art cannot be censored or erased from public memory The Spear and the descent into censorship The iconic status achieved overnight by Brett Murray's painting The Spear is a measure of the quality of the work, now deplorably destroyed by iconoclasts. President Zuma and the ANC took no action when a directly comparable depiction by Ayanda Mabula - also portraying the exposed private parts of both President Zuma and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu - was exhibited in Cape Town. The difference was that The Spear was brilliant as a work of political satire, which is also why it became an instant icon. South Africa has been descending for some time into a censorious mind-set that is taking us further and further away from the free speech which is fundamental to our democracy. If the President feels that his dignity has been impugned, he should sue Murray for damages as he is suing the cartoonist Zapiro. Applying to cou ...
It's clear that the former master had not come to terms with the reality that, the right to human dignity, as it's enshrined in Chapter 2 of our Constitution should be enjoyed by everyone, including uneducated ruralitarian like myself. South Africans had sent a clear message to Brett Murray and his desciples that they're not going to allow him to sell his cheap drawing by infringing Pres Zuma dignity. Brett Murray must be reminded that the Republic of South Africa is founded on the values of human dignity, so the right to human dignity ruins supreme to other rights, it's fair remind everyone that all other rights must be interpreted in order to create an open & democratic society based on values of human dignity. It's in National Coalition For *** & *** Equality case that Judge Chaskalson clearly emphasized that both rights to life & dignity are the most important of all human rights, and the source of all other personal rights in the Bill of Rights. And his reasoning followed similar legal logic hel ...
The painting that is causing South Africa's president, Jacob Zuma (Jay Z) sleepless was done by an artist called Brett Murray. Its called 'The Spear' -she really painted his spear plus his canon balls. If u wanna view it, go to citypress.co.za
Tomorow we take to the streets 22nd May 2012, at the South Gauteng High Court, corner Kruis and Pritchard streets in Johannesburg, to defend the dignity, reputation and integrity of the President of the ANC and of South Africa . The Court granted the ANC an urgent hearing at 12h00 tomorrow. We view this portrait and the depiction of the President by the Brett Murray and Goodman Gallery as distasteful, vulgar, indecent and disrespectfu. Wonke amadelakufa let's meet de to support de President and to to burn down his gallery. Amandla!
No traditional Zulu leader, no member of the Congress of Tradtional Leaders of South Africa or king Goodwill Zwelethini hav come and said Pres Zuma's marriages are against Zulu culture. Who are Brett Murray, Jonathan Shapiro e.t.c to look down on our President. Is it that anything western or European standards is perfect and must also preavail in Africa as the gospel truth of life? In reconciling our country we must respect each other and embrace each other. I am deeply hurt by these paintings and cartoons as they infringe on the personal privacy and dignity of a man who leads an organisation I dearly love
South Africa's Dignity Wars: Dignity and indignation have a common etymologic root! When people speak of "Dignity" they often mean "Dig me ty" as in the popular Whitney Houston anthem which goes: They can't take away my dignity... because the greatest love of all is happening to me." We often reserve the right to be indignant, not realising that common law defines dignity in a very different way. Dignity or dignitas implies restraint, not indignation, the very opposite of the sentiments expressed in the "greatest love of all," and yet the only restraints on freedom of expression (as well as love) in our constitution refer to incitement to violence and war. We may be indignant about a particular work of art, but how is the artwork an affront on dignity which cannot be taken away? Brett Murray's work may portray our president in an undignified way, and we have every right to become indignant at the sight of our president's exposed genitalia, but how does this affect our rights and freedoms?
What has become of South Africa. Some racist who claims to be a creative artist has just gone and depicted our President in a manner that is shameful, disgraceful and denegrading to the person of the President. What this person has done is a complete violation of the President's right to privacy and dignity. Brett Murray is a sick racist who still thinks of a black person as something without dignity and respect. Shame on Liza Essers and the Goodman Gallery for trying to justify thi madness by Murray. The whole saga also says more about their state of mind. This people are sick raist who ae still living in the dark days of apartheid.If there is nothing wrong with exposing the Pesident's sacred assets, why did nt Murray and his bunch of colonists think of painting the private parts of their fathers and uncles or may be Verwoerd and Botha woud have been good examples??
Jacob Zuma of South Africa the butt of Brett Murray painting and Zapiro cartoon:
South Africa's governing ANC says it will go to court after a gallery exhibited a painting with President Jacob Zuma's genitals hanging out.Brett Murray's painting by is an "abuse of freedom of artistic expression" said ANC spokesman Jackson Mthembu.He said he had asked lawyers to get the Johannesbu...
In reading Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness about 8years ago i could not help but be unsettled by manner in which he portrays black people in Africa. In many ways it was because of people like him that we were referred as the "dark continent". He was one of those who not only depicted, through his writing, africans as savages without a proper social structure, but he went further to even call us animals. In the words of Achebe, "Conrad was racist" My intention, however, is not to discuss Conrad but rather to express my sadness that in South Africa we still tolerate people like Brett Murray. His depiction of uBaba uNxamalala is written racist all over it.
This moron spoiled Brett has not just crossed the line. He demonstrated hatred of African Leaders by Stupid white liberals. This to me is prove that Reconciliation does not mean anything to many white Liberals. They only talk reconciliation when it suits them and to protect their own rights and interest. I am yet to see one white Artist or Politician say enough its enough on this kind of insults directed to the Black Majority in South Africa. I am yet to see Hellen Zille and Lindiwe Mazibuko as Leaders, really providing Leadership on this one. They should have been the first once to denounce this kind of behavior by Spoiled Brett Murray. I see Brett as a real Brett and an obstacle to Reconciliation. Artists like him do not deserve any constitutional protection. They should be left in the cold and not entertained at all. The Good man Gallery should be boycotted and closed down for refusing to remove the painting because by refusing to remove it they are automatically pledging their support and agreeing wit ...
How can the President of South Africa – the horny old Jacob Zuma - be "shocked and disgusted" at the painting by Brett Murray depicting him with his Crown Jewels hanging out
Brett Murray was born in Pretoria, South Africa, and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree and Masters in Fine Arts Degree (Sculpture), from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He has exhibited extensively in South Africa and abroad. From 1991 to 1994 he established the sculpture department a...
Brett Murray.. Disrespected ANC and South Africa as a Nation that man must be called to Order. If people can not Respect President Jacob Zuma they will be forced to do so. President Zuma is the President of South Africa he must be Respected. The is no Freedom to Disrespect or to Character Assassinate our leadership. President Zuma is our President!!!
While President Jacob Zuma is not a moral paragon of virtue, artist Brett Murray had no business to display President Zuma as he currently has done. South Africa, esp liberal SA, seem to think that rights are infinite & seem to haf made it their biz to take every available opportunity to embarrass and disrespect the person of the president. We call on SA'ns, art world & the media to condemn 'The Spear' + Brett!
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