The limited edition of a R16million Mickey Mouse by Damien Hirst is currently on view in a Cape Town exhibition.
34FineArt will be showcasing the work as part of a new group exhibition entitled ‘Look Mickey!’ running until December 20. The exhibition features works by several well-known local and international artists, who have in various ways appropriated this iconic image of popular culture.
The highly sought after limited edition Mickey interpretation by Hirst was especially commissioned by Disney, the original of which fetched £902500 at auction. The exhibition will also feature works by artists Takashi Murakami, Mr. Brainwash, Ceet, Rouke Van Dal, Trust Icon, Eyesaw, Robin Coleman, Pegasus, Osch, RTX, Dillon Boy, Death NYC, Lewis Bannister, Esther Mahlangu, Asha Zero and Jade Doreen Waller.
Mickey Mouse was created 87 years ago by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks at Walt Disney Studios in California, and the much loved figure is now often associated with mass media and consumerist culture.
Prominently featured in this exhibition and a first in South Africa, will be works by one of the youngest individuals currently making waves in the art world, 14-year-old Skyler Grey from Los Angeles. Already described as one of the brightest up-and-coming artists in the United States, Grey is your average 14 year-old, except for the impressive fact that his unique street art is on display in galleries across the globe, rather than on the family fridge. Grey’s work has been showcased in London, Switzerland and his first solo show in 2013 in LA drew huge crowds.
“I think art is a language and a lot of people don’t speak that language. One of the reasons a lot of people don’t speak that language is because they took the arts out of schools,” says Grey.
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