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