"Hail to the Thief" : political art or creative activism? 4 Favorite 



May 20 2012


South Africa

Established Cape Town based artist Brett Murray returns to Goodman Gallery Johannesburg with Hail to the Thief II. This body of satirical work continues his acerbic attacks on abuses of power, corruption and political dumbness seen in his 2010 Cape Town show Hail to the Thief. In this sequel show, Murray’s bronzes, etchings, paintings and silk-screens form part of a vitriolic and succinct censure of bad governance and are his attempts to humorously expose the paucity of morals and greed within the ruling elite. The exhibit was primarily notorious for featuring a painting titled "The Spear", which sparked a pending legal case and subsequently vocierfous debates about freedom of speech/expression in South Africa.

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