Cape Town Art Fair – The Last Public Appearance Of Tretchicoff’s Green Woman?

03Mar14

hoh1_hoh1_20140227_192610aRR6 Cape Town Art Fair curator, Andrew Lamprecht, stands in front of the world famous Tretchikoff “Chinese Woman”, better known as, the’Green Woman.’
(In fact she has a blue face.)

Lamprecht curated the Tretchikoff Exhibition in 2011, at the South African National Gallery in Cape Town. I heard a rumour at the Cape Town  Art Fair that the, green woman’ is about to be auctioned again. It holds the South African record for the highest sale price reached at auction – I was unable to find any figures.

The exhibition was surrounded by controversy, as some art critiques & academics felt that it was inappropriate to have Tretchicoff featured in the countries prestigious National Gallery.
Tretchikoff was nick named, ‘the king of kitsch’ and known as the ‘people’s artist’.
Born in 1913 in Russia and lived  in Cape Town till he died  in 2006.

“…In his heyday, Tretchikoff’s exhibitions drew record audiences at home and abroad. He pioneered the idea of selling affordable copies of his works, enabling working class people to own art which they proudly displayed above their mantelpieces. Works such as, Chinese Girl, The Dying Swan and Fighting Zebras have become a vital part of popular culture.

‘In many ways, Tretchikoff is a major figure in the history of South African and world art and ignoring him won’t make him go away. It’s about time that we gave him a critical look and reassessed his rightful place in our art history,’
Andrew Lamprecht –  The exhibition curator
http://www.artlink.co.za/news_article.htm?contentID=27159 )

Photograph by Odette Herbert

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