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Twilight of the Idols (Fetish) 3

Twilight of the Idols (Fetish) 3

2005

Kendell Geers

(South African, b. 1968)

Chevron tape on lost object, nails

Overall: 140 x 43 x 39 cm (55 1/8 x 16 15/16 x 15 3/8 in.)

Sundry Art-Contemporary Fund 2018.4

Description

Kendell Geers’s Twilight of the Idols (Fetish) 3 is a compelling work that recalls the fierce-looking nkisi nkondo, the power figure the Kongo people used as protective totems to ward off malevolent spirits, prevent or cure illness, or to administer retributive justice. Created in the spirit of the ready-made, the sculpture addresses the shift in value of African art as it became a global commodity.

See also
Collection: 
African Art
Department: 
African Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture

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