Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Talk about throwing a spear into the works: Jacob Zuma Portrait

So local artist, Brett Murray painted a picture of our prez, JZ. The thing about this portrait was that it showed JZ's genitals. "So what?", you might think, artists have been doing nude paintings for centuries, but you would be wrong.

The Spear by Brett Murray
The ANC took the matter to court, because  according to Gwede Mantashe, the ANC's secretary- general, “It’s rude, it’s crude, it’s disrespectful, it’s racist." The hearing has been postponed to Thursday and will be broadcasted because it is a matter of great national importance.

The Spear after two people defaced it
This is probably the first time that The Goodman Gallery had a queue to get in on a Tuesday morning. Some of the gallery visitors got to witness the above and thanks to YouTube so can you. Not only do you get to see the two artists adding their own touches to The Spear, but you get to see a security guard pull some serious Chuck Norris moves.

On the twittersphere you can help restore JZ's dignity by submitting your own art of our prez. #JZArt

And here is my attempt....

But Is It Art?