Brett Murray / Again Again / 2015

About

Goodman Gallery Cape Town
18 April – 16 May 2015

Much to his own irritation and amusement, Brett Murray continues to feel the urge to expose the absurdities of the powerful with biting satire. In his recognised iconic language, and using a variety of materials, this new body of work extends his jaundiced love/hate relationship with South Africa’s unfolding democracy. Inevitably, it seems, this exhibition is darker in tone and often registers closer to tragedy than comedy. And if, like Murray, you prefer to be entertained with Arcadian landscapes and portraits of your favourite pets… he urges you to look elsewhere for your kicks.

Murray studied at the University of Cape Town where he was awarded his Master’s of Fine Arts degree in 1988 with distinction. The title of his dissertation is ‘A Group of Satirical Sculptures Examining Social and Political Paradoxes in the South African Context’. As an undergraduate he won Irma Stern Scholarships in both 1981 and 1982.
He won the Simon Garson Prize for the Most Promising Student in 1982, and was awarded the Michaelis Prize in 1983. As a postgraduate student he received a Human Sciences Research Council bursary, a University of Cape Town Research Scholarship, the Jules Kramer Grant and an Irma Stern Scholarship.

He has exhibited extensively in South Africa and abroad. From 1991 to 1994 he established the sculpture department at the University of Stellenbosch, where he curated the show Thirty Sculptors from the Western Cape in 1992. In 1995 he curated, with Kevin Brand, Scurvy at the Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town. That same year he co-curated Junge Kunst Aus Zud Afrika for the Hänel Gallery in Frankfurt, Germany.

In 1999 Murray co-founded – with artists and cultural practitioners Lisa Brice, Kevin Brand, Bruce Gordon, Andrew Putter, Sue Williamson, Robert Weinek and Lizza Littlewort – Public Eye, a Section 27 company that initiates and manages art projects in the public arena, with the aim of developing a greater profile for public art in Cape Town.
Public Eye has developed projects on Robben Island, worked with the city’s health officials on AIDS awareness campaigns, and initiated several outdoor sculpture projects, including The Spier Sculpture Biennale. He curated Homeport in 2001, which saw 15 artists create site-specific text-based works in Cape Town’s waterfront precinct. Public Eye has also interfaced with cultural funding bodies as consultants, and hosted multi-media events across Cape Town.

Murray was included on the Havana Biennale of 1994, and his works were subsequently exhibited at the Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art in Germany. He was included on the group show Springtime in Chile at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Santiago, Chile. His work was also part of the traveling show Liberated Voices: Contemporary Art From South Africa, which opened at the Museum for African Art in New York in 1998. His work formed part of the shows Min(d)fields at the Kunsthaus Baselland in Switzerland in 2004, and The Geopolitics of Animation at the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo in Seville in 2007.

He won the Cape Town Urban Art competition in 1998, which resulted in the public work Africa, a 3.5-metre bronze sculpture erected in Cape Town’s city centre. He won, with Stefaans Samcuia, the commission to produce an 8 × 30-meter wall sculpture for the foyer of the Cape Town International Convention Centre in 2003. In 2007 he completed Specimens, a large wall sculpture for the University Of Cape Town’s medical school campus. In 2011 he produced the public artwork Seeds for The University of Bloemfontein, and in 2013 he was commissioned to produce the 7-meter bronze Citizen for the Auto & General Park in Johannesburg.

His solo shows include White Boy Sings the Blues at the Rembrandt Gallery in Johannesburg in 1996, I love Africa at the Bell-Roberts Gallery in Cape Town in 2000, Us and Them at the Axis Gallery in New York in 2003 and Sleep Sleep at the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg in 2006. His solo show Crocodile Tears was held at both the Cape Town and Johannesburg branches of The Goodman Gallery in 2007 and 2009. and his most recent exhibition Hail To The Thief was first held at Goodman Gallery Cape Town in 2010, and then in an updated form at the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg in 2012.

  • Nagapie in the Headlights

    Brett Murray

    Nagapie in the Headlights, 2015

    Digital print on archival paper

    Edition of 10

  • The Little Elephant in the Room

    Brett Murray

    The Little Elephant in the Room, 2015

    Bronze

    62 x 41 x 50 cm

    Edition of 6

  • The Uneasy Crown

    Brett Murray

    The Uneasy Crown, 2015

    Metail, paint, gold leaf

    121 x 160 x 8.5 cm

  • Never Again Again

    Brett Murray

    Never Again Again, 2014/15

    Wood , plastic and paint

    1305 x 1505 x 40 mm

  • Lying Pig

    Brett Murray

    Lying Pig, 2014

    Bronze

    50 x 27 x 58 (58 - nose) / 70 cm high

    Edition of 6

  • Early Days or Godwin's Law

    Brett Murray

    Early Days or Godwin's Law, 2015

    Powder-coated and polished stainless steel

    100 x 240 x 4 cm

  • Joker

    Brett Murray

    Joker, 2014/15

    Metal, paint, gold leaf and plastic

    2005 x 1080 x 160 mm

  • Emperor

    Brett Murray

    Emperor, 2015

    Bronze

    100 x 77 x 65 cm

    Edition of 6

  • Until the Second Coming

    Brett Murray

    Until the Second Coming, 2015

    Polished bronze

    53 x 47 x 24 cm

    Edition of 6

  • Call and Response I

    Brett Murray

    Call and Response I, 2015

    Etching on Somerset Black Velvet 250gsm

    2 prints, each 28.2 x 25.2 cm

    Edition of 15

  • The Resurrection

    Brett Murray

    The Resurrection, 2015

    Acrylic paint on canvas

    143 x 212 x 5 cm

  • The Demagogue

    Brett Murray

    The Demagogue, 2015

    Metal, paint, gold leaf

    176 x 243.5 x 9 cm

  • The Visionary: Portrait / Self-Portrait

    Brett Murray

    The Visionary: Portrait / Self-Portrait, 2015

    Bronze

    60 x 63 x 45 cm

    Edition of 6

  • All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go

    Brett Murray

    All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go, 2015

    Acrylic paint on canvas

    250 x 147 x 5 cm

  • The Fundamentalists

    Brett Murray

    The Fundamentalists, 2015

    Bronze

    52 x 50 x 72 cm

    Edition of 6

  • In the Land of the Blind...

    Brett Murray

    In the Land of the Blind..., 2015

    Acrylic paint on canvas

    150 x 130 x 5 cm

  • Spring

    Brett Murray

    Spring, 2015

    Acrylic paint on canvas

    162 x 140 x 4 cm

  • Manufacturing Consent

    Brett Murray

    Manufacturing Consent, 2015

    Metal, paint, gold leaf

    184 x 214 x 18 cm

  • Managing Dissent

    Brett Murray

    Managing Dissent, 2015

    Metal, paint, gold leaf

    197 x 160 x 18 cm

  • Again / Again

    Brett Murray

    Again / Again, 2015

    Bronze

    64 x 45 x 60 cm

    Edition of 6

  • Right Street

    Brett Murray

    Right Street, 2014/15

    Wood , plastic and paint

    1450 x 1440 x 40 mm

  • Call and Response

    Brett Murray

    Call and Response, 2015

    Engraved plastic and paint

    111 x 200 x 3.5cm (111 x 95 x 3.5cm per panel)

    Edition of 3

  • Somnambulance: Harry

    Brett Murray

    Somnambulance: Harry, 2014

    Metal, paint, gold leaf

    195 x 99 x 9 cm

  • Replicate

    Brett Murray

    Replicate, 2015

    Bronze

    40 x 47 x 43 cm

    Edition of 6

  • Mr Charmer (He He He)

    Brett Murray

    Mr Charmer (He He He), 2015

    Powder-coated and polished stainless steel

    100 x 70 x 4 cm

  • Illumination

    Brett Murray

    Illumination, 2015

    Woodcut on Zerkall Butten 145gsm

    3 elements, each 53 x 67 cm

    Edition of 10

  • Fear

    Brett Murray

    Fear, 2015

    Metal, gold leaf

    Edition of 3

  • Joker in the Pack

    Brett Murray

    Joker in the Pack, 2014

    Aluminium paint and resin

    57 x 37 x 2.5 cm

    Edition of 5

  • Night and Day

    Brett Murray

    Night and Day, 2015

    Woodcut on Hahnemuhle Copperplate White 350gsm

    2 prints, 181 x 110 cm each

    Edition of 10

  • The Demagogue

    Brett Murray

    The Demagogue, 2015

    Silkscreen print

    70 x 87 cm (paper size)

    Edition of 20

  • The Uneasy Crown

    Brett Murray

    The Uneasy Crown, 2015

    Silkscreen print

    70 x 87 cm (paper size)

    Edition of 20

  • Masked

    Brett Murray

    Masked, 2014

    Powder-coated metal and gold leaf

    138 x 122 x 7.5 cm

  • The Quest

    Brett Murray

    The Quest, 2015

    Digital print on archival paper

    97 x 67.5 cm

    Edition of 20

  • The Party

    Brett Murray

    The Party, 2015

    Digital print on archival paper

    97 x 70 cm

    Edition of 20

  • Somnambulance (Lerato)

    Brett Murray

    Somnambulance (Lerato), 2014

    Metal, paint, gold leaf

    190 x 99 x 9 cm

  • Somnambulance (Shadrack)

    Brett Murray

    Somnambulance (Shadrack), 2014

    Metal, paint, gold leaf

    208 x 88 x 9 cm

  • Somnambulance (Vanessa)

    Brett Murray

    Somnambulance (Vanessa), 2014

    Metal, paint, gold leaf

    206 x 93 x 9 cm

  • Somnambulance (Des)

    Brett Murray

    Somnambulance (Des), 2014

    Metal, paint, gold leaf

    195 x 90 x 9 cm

  • Somnambulance (Clare)

    Brett Murray

    Somnambulance (Clare), 2014

    Metal, paint, gold leaf

    203 x 105 x 9 cm

  • Somnambulance (Brett)

    Brett Murray

    Somnambulance (Brett), 2014

    Metal, paint, gold leaf

    195 x 100 x 9 cm

  • Somnambulance (Adam)

    Brett Murray

    Somnambulance (Adam), 2014

    Metal, paint, gold leaf

    212 x 105 x 9 cm

  • Harbinger

    Brett Murray

    Harbinger, 2014

    Silkscreen on paper

    72 x 102 cm

    Edition of 25

  • Call and Response II

    Brett Murray

    Call and Response II, 2015

    Etching on Zerkall Itaglio 250 gsm

    2 prints, each 28.2 x 25.2 cm

    Edition of 15

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