I think my story is special. I have the role to break boundaries and connect more people, especially here in Nigeria.
Visual artists are swapping gallery exhibitions and showcases for virtual ones, as most of the world remains on lockdown.
DUBAI: Despite the Art Dubai’s Residents exhibition forced to halt due to safety precautions during the international coronavirus pandemic, six artists from around the world were already hard at work on their new creations before the strict measures came into force in the UAE.
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...
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.
A plastic graduate and trained in Kinshasa, Aza Mansongi produces a deep artistic work focusing on her commitment to awareness. She tells us about her journey and the concept behind her creations.
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.
It exhibits the work of two of South Africa's most renowned photographers, David Goldblatt and Peter Magubane, side-by-side.
After creating a body of work with over fifty pieces, respected contemporary artist Christiaan Diedericks sits down with Masego Panyane to chat about his latest exhibition, "In Search of a New King," that will be on at the Melrose Gallery from May 10 to June 9. He shares his thoughts on the state of contemporary arts and his feelings on it, the exhibition itself and the relationship between the arts and ordinary South Africans.
The Melrose Gallery is proud to present the upcoming solo exhibition by Christiaan Diedericks – In Search Of A New King, to be held between 9 May and 9th June. Diedericks, one of South Africa’s most widely exhibited fine artists and printmakers, both locally and internationally, is known for capturing beauty in poignant, thought-provoking, and often painful themes. Always pushing boundaries politically, socially and religiously, as well as personally, he is as unafraid of laying down his own truth as he is of the worlds…and In Search Of A New King is one of his most personal and indeed, important exhibitions to date.
A beautiful interview with Dr Esther Mahlangu.
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.
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.
Meet the Ghanaian Talent Heating Up Africa's Contemporary Art Scene As interest in contemporary African art balloons, Gideon Appah's absorbing, atmospheric work has helped put Accra’s art scene on the map.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Vernissage de l'Artiste AZA MANSONGI et Inauguration de la Galérie BOLO L'ESPACE ART ET CULTURE.Avis d'expert de Edith MBELLA Responsable de la Galérie et Experte en Arts Rituels d'Afrique Centrale.
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.
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.
We recently spoke with Ronald Muchatuta, an artist and Zimbawean living in South Africa. We spoke on the social inequalities and history of South Africa and about those that have come into the country in the midst of these issues already not only underlying, but very much bubbling on the surface. It seems with all its anger and fight to reclaim the land, South Africa especially with its poorest inhabitants have shown hostility to those coming to the country in search of refuge.
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.
Willie Bester (born 1956) is a South African artist known for his installations made of found objects. Although Sotheby’s once sold one ...
Elegy, Christiaan Diedericks' third solo exhibition at the UJ Art Gallery from 4 to 23 September 2013
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.
“There was freedom and democracy was in place. … I found myself in a dark place. It forced me to look at my own healing … I also used the camera to look at the healing that was going on in the country.”
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.
Interview featured on the 2010 Show with South African sculptor, Keith Calder