Chéri Samba (Democratic Republic of Congo, born 1956) Une peinture à défendre

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Lot 20*
Chéri Samba
(Democratic Republic of Congo, born 1956)
Une peinture à défendre

£ 10,000 - 15,000
US$ 13,000 - 19,000
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Chéri Samba (Democratic Republic of Congo, born 1956)
Une peinture à défendre
signed 'Cheri Samba/ 91' (lower right)
acrylic on canvas
78 x 116cm (30 11/16 x 45 11/16in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    The Mbuy Mbiye Tanayi private collection.


    The present lot is an earlier version of an oil in the Pigozzi Collection, Genève, also titled Une peinture a defender (1993). The work was displayed at the exhibition 'J'aime Cheri Samba', curated by Andre Magnin and held at the Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain.

    In the present version, the artist stands in front of one of his canvases, a brush in one hand and a tin of paint in the other. The caption in the top left hand corner reads 'Qui va defender cette peinture?' ('Who will defend this painting?') In the foreground, two gallerists compete for the artist; one holds onto Samba's leg, the other grips the artist's waist. The implication is that Samba's work is now in great demand, not merely in his home city Kinshasa, but internationally. The canvas being fought over depicts a globe, reinforcing the artist's message that his defenders come from the four corners of the world.

    The 1993 version in the Pigozzi Collection differs from the original composition in one fundamental respect. The canvas no longer depicts a globe. Rather it is a copy of a painting by a fellow Congolese artist, Moké. Samba altered the work to suggest that his success is only the beginning; other African artists will soon receive the same recognition and take their place on the world stage. Samba described the painting thus:

    "Our painting has long been underestimated. Today we are accepted and art promoters fight over our works...I defended (Moké) to show that there are different styles, and diversity must be encouraged. If all artists do the same thing, it isn't art anymore. Our painting shouldn't only be defended by Westerners."

    Bibliography
    A. Magnin (ed.), J'aime Cheri Samba, exh. cat., (Paris, 2004) p.78.

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