Irma Stern (1894-1966) : the creation of an artist's reputation in her lifetime and posthumously, 1920-2013

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Tietze, Anna en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Sinisi, Sarah en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2016-07-22T13:20:34Z
dc.date.available 2016-07-22T13:20:34Z
dc.date.issued 2016 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Sinisi, S. 2016. Irma Stern (1894-1966) : the creation of an artist's reputation in her lifetime and posthumously, 1920-2013. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/20626
dc.description.abstract This dissertation examines the reception of the artist, Irma Stern, from 1920 until 2013. Irma Stern has, since her lifetime, been one of South Africa's most celebrated artists. She has received a great deal of scholarly attention, attention in the popular press and on-going recognition in the market place. Through an evaluation of press clippings, literature, archival material (photographs, the minutes of meetings and letters) and market results, this study questions how Stern has come to assume such a privileged position, why she is of such scholarly interest and how she is valued in the market. The impact of different variables on Stern's reception - including social, political and intellectual factors - is investigated. It is proposed that, initially, the artist actively promoted herself, thus playing an important role in establishing her fame. However, her reputation has been built over time and what emerges as important is that audiences have approached and interpreted Stern differently at different times. During the artist's lifetime she was admired for her perceived ability to capture the 'spirit of Africa', apparently evident in her paintings of those culturally different from her. These paintings - of black African, Indian, coloured and Arab subjects - have remained an integral aspect of the artist's reputation and they are at the centre of much of the scholarly debate on the artist in the 1990s and 2000s. Stern has provided rich material for writers at different times and of different ideological positions - from colonial to postcolonial discourse and feminist studies. Also relevant to Stern's sustained reputation is the international recognition the artist has received. Stern's links to German Expressionism and recognition from foreign scholars and institutions served to legitimate the artist to a South African audience in her lifetime and posthumously. Moreover, the market has had an impact on Stern's reputation. While she was commercially successful in her lifetime, in the early 2000s her market values exceeded those of earlier periods and surpassed those of other twentieth-century South African artists. As a result, Stern's reputation in the 2000s is linked to her high market values; this dissertation closely investigates some of the factors that have influenced this market value. In conclusion, this dissertation fills a gap in the literature because it 1) analyses the artist's market and 2) provides an in-depth investigation of the development of the artist's reputation. A study in reception, it does not add to the already plentiful appraisals of the artist's work but considers instead how this work has fared within the context of the academic, popular and commercial art world. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Art Historical Studies en_ZA
dc.title Irma Stern (1894-1966) : the creation of an artist's reputation in her lifetime and posthumously, 1920-2013 en_ZA
dc.type Master Thesis
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Michaelis School of Fine Art en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters
dc.type.qualificationname MFA en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Sinisi, S. (2016). <i>Irma Stern (1894-1966) : the creation of an artist's reputation in her lifetime and posthumously, 1920-2013</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Michaelis School of Fine Art. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/20626 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Sinisi, Sarah. <i>"Irma Stern (1894-1966) : the creation of an artist's reputation in her lifetime and posthumously, 1920-2013."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Michaelis School of Fine Art, 2016. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/20626 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Sinisi S. Irma Stern (1894-1966) : the creation of an artist's reputation in her lifetime and posthumously, 1920-2013. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Michaelis School of Fine Art, 2016 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/20626 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Sinisi, Sarah AB - This dissertation examines the reception of the artist, Irma Stern, from 1920 until 2013. Irma Stern has, since her lifetime, been one of South Africa's most celebrated artists. She has received a great deal of scholarly attention, attention in the popular press and on-going recognition in the market place. Through an evaluation of press clippings, literature, archival material (photographs, the minutes of meetings and letters) and market results, this study questions how Stern has come to assume such a privileged position, why she is of such scholarly interest and how she is valued in the market. The impact of different variables on Stern's reception - including social, political and intellectual factors - is investigated. It is proposed that, initially, the artist actively promoted herself, thus playing an important role in establishing her fame. However, her reputation has been built over time and what emerges as important is that audiences have approached and interpreted Stern differently at different times. During the artist's lifetime she was admired for her perceived ability to capture the 'spirit of Africa', apparently evident in her paintings of those culturally different from her. These paintings - of black African, Indian, coloured and Arab subjects - have remained an integral aspect of the artist's reputation and they are at the centre of much of the scholarly debate on the artist in the 1990s and 2000s. Stern has provided rich material for writers at different times and of different ideological positions - from colonial to postcolonial discourse and feminist studies. Also relevant to Stern's sustained reputation is the international recognition the artist has received. Stern's links to German Expressionism and recognition from foreign scholars and institutions served to legitimate the artist to a South African audience in her lifetime and posthumously. Moreover, the market has had an impact on Stern's reputation. While she was commercially successful in her lifetime, in the early 2000s her market values exceeded those of earlier periods and surpassed those of other twentieth-century South African artists. As a result, Stern's reputation in the 2000s is linked to her high market values; this dissertation closely investigates some of the factors that have influenced this market value. In conclusion, this dissertation fills a gap in the literature because it 1) analyses the artist's market and 2) provides an in-depth investigation of the development of the artist's reputation. A study in reception, it does not add to the already plentiful appraisals of the artist's work but considers instead how this work has fared within the context of the academic, popular and commercial art world. DA - 2016 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2016 T1 - Irma Stern (1894-1966) : the creation of an artist's reputation in her lifetime and posthumously, 1920-2013 TI - Irma Stern (1894-1966) : the creation of an artist's reputation in her lifetime and posthumously, 1920-2013 UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/20626 ER - en_ZA


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