An Explanation by Brett Murray

Artist Brett Murray, in his affidavit, explains why he painted ‘The Spear’ “At the outset, I would like to say that I am a proud South African and a former supporter of the ANC. I am not a racist. I do not produce art with an intention to hurt,...

Brett Murray’s ‘Struggle’ | by Tom Devriendt

In his book Art and The End of Apartheid, John Peffer writes about the Medu Art Ensemble: “For them a true culture of the people would be one that was not exclusive to the elite of the world of art galleries, but was seen in the streets, on T-shirts and posters (…).”...

Mike van Graan on The Spear | by Mike Van Graan

Brett Murray’s The Spear, a picture of President Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed, mimics the pose of the Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin in a Soviet-era propaganda poster. Politicians, whenever they are exposed for having said something offensive,...