LOT 5: Penny Siopis – Untitled (Saartjie Baartman)

Winning Bid: R5,000

Untitled (Saartjie Baartman)
Colour lithograph on paper
50cm x 64cm (sheet size)
62cm x 79cm (frame)

Estimate: R8000 – R12000

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid
Paddle 80 31 August 2023 3:00 pm R5,000
Auction started 24 August 2023 8:00 am
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Penny Siopis is a South African artist from Cape Town. She studied Fine Arts at Rhodes University in Makhanda, completing her master’s degree in 1976, after which she pursued postgraduate studies at Portsmouth Polytechnic in the United Kingdom.
She came to prominence in the early 1980s with her ‘cake’ paintings, which materially encode feminist aesthetics in thick impasto oil paint surfaces. These works were followed by her ‘history paintings’, interpreted as a form of resistance against apartheid.
Siopis established herself as one of the most talented and challenging artists in South Africa and beyond, by working across painting, installation and film, bringing together diverse references and materials in ways that disturb disciplinary boundaries and binaries.