The late icon of African spirituality and heritage, Credo Mutwa, had incredible knowledge about Africa and earned respect among international scholars and writers. This is according to historian and sculptor Pitika Ntuli, who paid tribute to Mutwa yesterday.
The streets of Gomora might be littered with trash but Ndabuko Ntuli is turning it all into works of art.
STELLENBOSCH, South Africa — For tourists, this prim colonial town is the gateway to a spectacular mountain region dotted with wine estates. To most South Africans, however, it is the redoubt of the Afrikaner elite, a Calvinist town whose university trained the framers of apartheid and where banking billionaires roost today. In a land that is sharply unequal despite 26 years of democracy, money and whiteness feel especially concentrated here.
Selected artworks are displayed from Oliewenhuis Art Museum’s Permanent Collection to contemplate and converse on themes associated with gender, identity, mysticism and land discourses. Some of South Africa’s most prominent artists’ work such as Mam Noria Mabasa, Helen Sebidi, William Kentridge, Nandipha Mntambo, Diane Victor, Christiaan Diedericks and Judith Mason are on view on the first floor of Oliewenhuis Art Museum to convey this narrative.
Thinking and writing about Dr Esther Mahlangu’s work may finally catch up with the quality of her 75-year long contribution to the modern art of painting. Dr Mahlangu’s image and success as a promoter of the arts and heritage of painting as practised by her people and community, Amandebele has often trumped critical appraisal of her work as a painter. This is in part because she has never failed to or seemed to mind submitting to the demands of the industry of appearing. In fact, she has always stood out as quietly in charge of her own agency in the glare of it all. This has led to her spectacle as an elderly African woman in an exotic dress being foregrounded above her individual ideas as an artist. Her art is too often handled in this language of curios and commercially adopted traditional cultural artefacts.
May introduced the theme by posing a multifaceted question to the audience and panellists: What does the ideal future of fashion look like?Erica De Greef, the co-director of the African Fashion Research Institute (AFRI), kicked off the panel by sharing a story about the world-famous South African designer, Thebe Magugu. When Magugu was still a design student at Lisof, he wrote an essay evaluating Africa’s contribution to global fashion. His essay was awarded a 100% mark, an almost unheard of achievement in his Design Theory class, according to De Greef who was the lecturer at the time. Eight years later, Magugu was showcasing at Paris Fashion Week, exporting his African design aesthetic and perceptive sensibility to the world.
There is still a lot to do in the gender gap in the art world. With “31: Women” Daimler Contemporary in Berlin shows only artists from their collection. During the Second World War, Marcel Duchamp and Peggy Guggenheim often discussed women in art. In 1943, the question of whether these would still be subject to the roles of lovers or muses led to lengthy discussions and an exhibition in which the two exclusively showed artists. With “Exhibition by 31 Women ”,Guggenheim and Duchamp wanted to contradict the tendencies of surrealism, in which women were considered inspiration, but received little recognition as an independent artist. Clink to Read More Feature image: "Cycles and Cyclones" by Nnenna Okore and the "Musician" by Adejoke Tugbiyele Photo: Hans-Georg Gau
Watch Philiswa Lila give us her take on the future of visual arts and a new generation of trail-blazing African artists. Discover what her art is made of and visit the Absa Gallery from until 6 March 2020. Click the link for more info https://www.absa.africa/absaafrica/ab...
When it comes to Philiswa Lila’s exhibition Skin, Bone, Fire, a virtual experience is not quite the same as being in a room with the art
Rolls-Royce’s flagship, Phantom, has an interior space that spans the dash facia and is enclosed by a sheet of glass. Called the Gallery, this unprecedented feature allows owners to commission and display, within their Phantom, personal works of art. Positioned front and centre, the Gallery becomes a focal point for Phantom’s interior. Dr Esther Mahlangu, the globally celebrated SA artist, has been commissioned by a local Rolls-Royce patron to create a work of art for the Gallery of a one-of-a-kind Phantom. The car has been named “The Mahlangu Phantom” in the artist’s honour.
DR. ESTHER MAHLANGU. (PHOTO:GETTY IMAGES/GALLO IMAGES) Cape Town - Acclaimed artist, Dr Esther Mahlangu topped the trends list on Twitter on Wednesday evening after becoming the first South African to have her artwork displayed on a customised Rolls Royce Phantom.
Dr. Esther Mahlangu, the globally celebrated South African artist, has been commissioned by a South African patron of Rolls-Royce to create a unique work of art for the Gallery of a one-of-a-kind Rolls-Royce Phantom. Dr. Mahlangu, the visual artist from the Ndebele region and respected South African cultural ambassador, becomes the first South African artist to create an artwork for Phantom’s Gallery. This unique motor car is named, ‘The Mahlangu Phantom’ in the artist’s honour.
Ndebele artist Esther Mahlangu has had her distinctive artwork displayed on a customised Rolls Royce Phantom. The 84-year-old self-taught artist is known for her bold, large-scale works. She first painted her geometric patterns on a BMW in 1991.
At the same time that contemporary African art is packaged up with the glitz and glamour of Cape Town Art Fair and sparkly new museums like Zetiz MOCAA and the Norval Foundation, something very different is being inaugurated just outside the city limits. The Stellenbosch Triennale, an ambitious, multi-layered, multi-disciplinary exhibition across several locations around the small city. Funding from a sum of individual investors and businesses in Stellenbosch allows it to be free and open to the public. There is a film festival, a performance art festival, an interactive online educational platform for young learners, a talks programme, and musical interventions throughout the city... Click to continue reading
The Stellenbosch Triennale, brainchild of the Stellenbosch Outdoor Sculpture Trust, takes place from February 11 to April 30, 2020 in a location renowned for its halls of academia and historical vineyards. The upcoming international showcase, extraordinary in terms of international reach and extent of art on show, will place creativity in critical dialogue with the society that fosters and exhibits it... Click to continue reading
The Melrose Gallery will be presenting a solo exhibition by Dr Esther Mahlangu on the Past/ Modern Section at the Investec Cape Town Art Fair.From the 14th – 16th of February 2020, the 8th edition of Investec Cape Town Art Fair (ICTAF) will return to the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). The exhibition will present a timeline of Dr Mahlangu’s impressive achievements in the 74 years in which she has been practising her art. Guests to the fair will be able to view one of the few large scale panel paintings that she has created that measures 3,6m x 2,4m, similar to the one that was recently commissioned by Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys for the Dean Collection. A unique installation of smaller works presenting different symbols used by her over the years to create the paintings for which she has won global acclaim will also be on display. For more information follow the link below: https://www.investeccapetownartfair.co.za/exhibitors/
Ronald Muchatuta will be participating in the inaugural Stellenbosch Triennale which takes place from 11 Feb to 30 April 2020. Ronald will be presenting a body of powerful new works in the ‘curated section’ of the Triennale.
RMH commissioned sculptor Ndabuko Ntuli to create an artwork referencing its lion and key motif in his own way.
Sir Richard finally came face to face with himself at an Investec Business conference! 10 years after his painting had been completed!
They say one man's trash is another man's treasure. This is an environmental reality in Alexandra, north of Johannesburg. Visual artist Ndabuko Ntuli has roamed the streets collecting waste plastic and discarded objects. He uses the material to create 3-Dimensional art. Some of his pieces have been sold across the world.
Professor Sandra Klopper discusses Willie Bester's Poverty Driven (2002).
JOBURG – The Department of Sports, Arts and Culture honours sculptor Noria Mabasa with a launch of a book about her journey.
South African artist Esther Mahlangu, poses at her home in Mabhoko Village, Siyabuswa, Mpumalanga on March 6, 2017. Image: AFP PHOTO / GULSHAN KHAN (Photo credit should read GULSHAN KHAN/AFP/Getty Images) To mark national Women’s Month, a book that celebrates the life of legendary South African visual artists Noria Mabasa and Esther Mahlangu will be launched on Thursday. The launch, a concept of the department of arts & culture, is scheduled to take place at Constitution Hill under the theme 25 Years of Democracy – Growing South Africa Together for Women’s Emancipation...Click to continue reading
About five years ago, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art determined that only 11 percent of the artists with works in its collection — those identified by name, as opposed to anonymous traditional artisans — were women. The museum then embarked on an ambitious push to acquire more work by women, doubling its holdings by female artists to 22 percent today.
The Melrose Gallery is not at all what you expect it to be – a distinctly Pan African gallery space tucked away within the up-market Melrose Arch precinct. Representing acclaimed artists of the likes of Dr EstherMahlangu and Willie Bester, The Melrose Gallery is at the forefront of the exhibiting Pan African contemporary art scene. Visit them as soon as you can!
Calls have been growing in Africa for the restitution of its cultural treasures, but French law strictly forbids the government from giving up state property. This issue was put in the spotlight in 2016 when President Patric Talon of Benin asked France to return items including carvings sceptres and sacred doors from the Palaces of Abomey. Now, experts appointed by President Emmanuel Macron will advise him to allow the return of thousands of African artworks held in French museums. This is seen as a radical shift in policy which could put pressure on other former colonial powers. To discuss this further, I'm joined by cultural expert Professor Pitika Ntuli.
ECONOMIC and emotional instability, the disunity among Africans and the loss of sense of self are some of the symptoms of a colonial babalaas that most black people suffer from today in Africa. Artists Ronald Muchatuta and Patrick Bongoy are addressing this monkey on the back of Africans in their exhibition, Feso A Thorn In The Flesh. Translated from Shona, Feso is a clandestine African plant which reveals itself through unexpected pain when stepping on it.
Here is what she said. "Self-Titled, refers to my name which is loosely translated as “Be Healed”. Healing is taken from “Indigenous” thinkers, doers and leaders in African knowledge and understanding.
Mthatha-born fine artist Philiswa Lila is to spend three months at a top French studio after winning the Gerard Sekoto Award recently. Lila won the award for her imaginative sculpture, Self-Titled. The 30-year-old described her creation as part of a series of other sculptures. The award is given annually to a talented emerging artist from South Africa through the Absa L’Atelier Art competition. It is supported by the French Institute of South Africa, the French embassy in South Africa and the Alliance Française network of South Africa... Click to continue reading
This artwork is based on the concept of self. Self is the working relationship that touches on a number of concerns that pertain to visibility, belonging, location, knowledge & understanding. Self-titled refers to my name which is loosely translated as “be healed”.
MELROSE ARCH – The Quantum People statue is unveiled in celebration of Steve Biko’s life. Crowds gathered at Melrose Arch to watch as acclaimed South African sculptor and poet Pitika Ntuli unveiled his 19-ton Quantum People sculpture made out of granite and metal chains inspired by the African Union’s Agenda for 2063.
Pitika Ntuli's 'Quantum People' SABC Feature
One of South Africa's most talented artists and academics, Professor Pitika Ntuli, will probably be the only sad person on Wednesday while the world smiles and rejoices over the 100 year mark since the birth of Nelson Mandela.
The Brooklyn Museum in New York has announced that it has added works by ninety-six female artists to its collection. The pieces were acquired in conjunction with the institution’s recent series of programming celebrating women. “A Year of Yes: Reimagining Feminism at the Brooklyn Museum” marked the tenth anniversary of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art.
Ndabuko Ntuli Solo exhibition @ The Melrose Gallery
A self-taught South African artist is showcasing his work at one of Johannesburg's most upmarket galleries. Ndabuko Ntuli recycles building materials and waste to create unique sculptures. And his art is attracting buyers from around the world. CGTN's Julie Scheier has more.
Ndabuko Ntuli @ The Melrose Gallery
The launch of Ndabuko Ntuli’s solo exhibition at The Melrose Gallery, Johannesburg on 17 May 2018 was nothing short of mind blowing. The entire exhibition only features works created using trash (no not men) by crafting conceptually driven pieces using materials such as plastic, tin, bone, wood and other discarded materials in truly spectacular style.
Artist and traditional healer, Ndabuko Ntuli, has a solo exhibition opening at The Melrose Gallery in Johannesburg from next week, 18th May.
Dr Esther Mahlangu honoured with a doctorate
A sculpture depicting Sarah Baartman, created by artist Willie Bester, has been on display at UCT for 12 years – and twice in this period was robed by students as a means of protest.
This coming month, artist and visual activist SaySay.Love will reveal his much acclaimed body of work, ‘The Gift of Water: Chapter III’ to Johannesburg audiences at a charity event. The body of work seeks to grow awareness of the water crisis facing the Western Cape and highlights the precious resource that connects every aspect of life and cannot be taken for granted.
Second Street Gallery is pleased to present "Language of the Heart", an exhibition featuring the work of Adejoke Tugbiyele and curated by Kristen ...
Heart of Motion had the rare opportunity to interview local and international art designer Esther Mahlangu. Renowned for being the first female to ...
One of South Africa's most iconic anti-apartheid artists, Willie Bester is exhibiting a solo exhibition after eight years. Bester is known the world over for his powerful artworks made from mixed media, scrap metal and objects collected from scrap yards. CGTN's Julie Scheier met up with the artist in Johannesburg and filed this report.
“I am so glad that BMW brought my art back to South Africa, it is a beautiful car to be shared with the people of South Africa for many years to come,” says Esther Mahlangu. “The patterns I have used on the BMW panels marry tradition to the essence of BMW. When BMW sent me the panels to paint, I could see the design in my head and I just wanted to get started! I started by painting the small ones first to get the feel of the surface and then it was easy as the design follows the lines of the panels,” she adds.
Artists and historian Prof. Pitika Ntuli reflects on the role of royal households in South Africa. Artists and historian Prof. Pitika Ntuli maintains that royal households have an important role to play in the preservation of culture and heritage.
Esther Mahlangu x Nelson Mandela meet in Art Tribute
Meet 81-year-old Esther Mahlangu, South African painter keeping Ndebele culture alive through her art and dress.
Art serves as my voice, so I talk with things that I pick up and collect.’ Willie Bester (b. 1956)
We visited Ronald Muchatuta in his studio at Greatmore Studios, Cape Town. In this short video Ronald dicusses his use of the China bag pattern in his paintings.
Kaya Fm visits The Melrose Gallery for their annual Sculpt Fair exhibition for 2017. Graced by the presence of professor Pitika Ntuli, they featured art by artists such as, Kennedy Ngwashisha, Lindelani and more.
Esther Mahlangu, born in 1935 on a farm outside Middleburg, was the first of nine children - six boys and three girls. Following traditions ...
The Creators Project gets exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the cross-country U.S. tour of renowned South African artist Esther Mahlangu.
Can war be beautiful? It was undoubtedly an art of sublime elegance for the Zulu nation in the 19th century, when they used some of the most precise military manoeuvres ever planned to massacre an entire British army.
ART AFRICA spoke to South African artist Paul Blomkamp about his latest body of work, ‘Quanta,’ which will be on show at Objekt | Design | Art (ODA), Franschhoek from the 21 October – 19 November 2016. Here Blomkamp takes us through his history and working process, placing light and the ‘electrical essence’ of quantum science at the forefront of his practice.
“My work offers me the freedom to be myself without social conditioning,” she says. “In it, I search for something bigger and more meaningful than myself.” In grappling with colour, line, tone, textures and the complex sensations they evoke for her, Regi is always surprised as images begin to appear out of the pouring, scratching, drawing, a methodology she uses based on gut instinct and passion. The layering of thought and possibility in Regi’s work blend a deep realization of spiritual evocations and physical existence, much of which is not on an articulate level, but operates with intuitive response.
South African artist designs unique interior of the BMW luxury sedan. Learn more: http://press.bmwgroup.com/7wNU6
Johannesburg, 10 May 2016 - Pitika Ntuli, a former freedom fighter and political prisoner, has turned to art to honour the apartheid struggle. Four of Ntuli’s sculptures will be auctioned by Stephan Welz & Co this week.
Spirituality is what fuels the work of Zimbabwean-born artist Ronald Muchatuta. The soft-spoken artist has been working in Cape Town since moving here in 2007, but it has not been easy. Working independently as an artist and being from Zimbabwe have meant life often is a struggle, but recently the 31-year-old has been finding opportunities in various galleries around Cape Town. It is clear from speaking to Muchatuta that he reflects deeply and philosophically upon all the work he creates.
Fresh off exhibiting at the African Art Fair 2015 in Paris and the United Nations’ Milano Expo, Ronald Muchatuta is now working on his latest body of work which is inspired by the theme of African migration and more specifically the recent xenophobic attacks that transpired in South Africa earlier this year The Cape Town-based, Zimbabwean-born contemporary artist has created a collection of paintings titled The African Immigration Series which deals with the issues of immigration and xenophobia.
Ronald Muchatuta, a Cape Town-based contemporary artist has created a collection of paintings titled The African Immigration Series, which deals with the issues of immigration and xenophobia; a familiar topic to the Zimbabwean-born artist.
Background to story: Exhaust pipes, chains - some of the material used by black South African sculptor Pitika Ntuli.At present living in exile in London, Pitika does not believe in art for art's sake. Every work he creates must have a message - about the human predicament, and especially about the situation in South Africa.
A car, the wing of an aeroplane, a petrol pump and a canon are not unusual things in themselves, but when you find them in someone’s house it is quite alternative. If it’s the home of artist Willie Bester though, well then it’s all quite normal.
A RARE opportunity is on offer at the Artisan Gallery in Durban’s Florida Road as an exhibition of works from internationally renowned artist Carl Roberts is on display.
Willie Bester (born 1956) is a South African artist known for his installations made of found objects. Although Sotheby’s once sold one ...
South African Ndebele artist Esther Mahlangu discusses the early years of her paining practice, her designs and pigments, and the preservation of culture in this talk at VMFA. The conversation includes Esther Mahlangu, Marriam Mahlangu, Grace Masango, and Richard Woodward (Curator of African Art). Ester Mahalangu (South African Ndebele, b. 1935) Ibala leSindebele (Ndebele Design) 2014 Acrylic on linen 2014.224 VMFA
Although he was born in a squatter camp, he never saw himself less capable than others. Pikita Ntuli hustled to get educated, while at the same time, fighting apartheid. Now, he is a leading academic and respected artist.
Madiba artwork looking for a home in SA
A brief introduction to some of Pitika Ntuli's spectacular sculptures.
Pitika Scent of Investible Footprints
This text represent a typed version of a recording documenting Philiswa Lila’s thoughts around the recent art making workshops presented to a group of autistic adults housed at Lethabo Le Khutso, culminating in an exhibition at the Pretoria Art Museum (02 November – 26 November). Great care has been taken to translate the recording verbatim from audio to text. Herein the reader will gather Mme Lila’s ideas around transference of skills as far as visual art is concerned as well as the impact that artists from Lethabo Le Khutso has had on her as a practicing artist. It is also hoped that the reader will come to appreciate the fact that the writing tries to center around the interviewee; so the questions were constructed with economy to provoke undiluted calculated responses. Lastly the text is inclusive of verbal interruptions to retain nuances and mood as the interaction between the interviewer and interviewee develops. Welcome to interparadox, in search of an artist.