In a review by Alex Dodd in Art South Africa Autumn 2011 of Brett Murray’s Hail to the Thief at Goodman Gallery Cape Town, he is quoted saying in response to the idea that he runs the risk of tainting people outside the ‘thievery Corporation’: “Don’t shoot the messenger. The message that I am trying to convey is that the powers that be are pissing on the graves Of everyone who struggled, everyone who died for the struggle. They are tainting their reputations, their senses of who they were. What they did. How they did… I am saying this is the knock on effect of corruption – every cent you steal, you’re pissing on the graves of The heroes.”
Jackie, the Voortrekker sculpture you had an image of in your previous post was a classic. It might be worthwhile posting a link to some of Murray’s other work – I’d definitely be interested in checking it out as I’m sure would many of your other readers!
Regarding the comment about shooting the messenger… if the messenger themself crafts the message to their own convenience I doubt that adage applies… not all messages need to be shared. Besides the argument here is more how the message was shared rather than the message itself.
Jackie, think you might enjoy the cartoon and the poll on Wonkie about the Spear – do check it out on and please do take part in the poll: