At MoMA: The Art of South Africa's Social Upheaval MoMA's Upcoming Exhibit: Impressions from South Africa, 1965 to Present
This artwork is on view at Museum of Modern Art's exhibit Impressions of South Africa: 1965 to Now, running from March 21st to April 14th.
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|At MoMA: The Art of South Africa's Social Upheaval MoMA's Upcoming Exhibit: Impressions from South Africa, 1965 to Present|
On March 23rd, New York's Museum of Modern Art will be featuring nearly 100 pieces from its extensive collection of South African artwork for Impressions from South Africa: 1965 to Now. Many of the works on display were acquired after the worldwide cultural boycott of South Africa dissolved in the 1990s, and the collection is a first-of-its-kind look inside South Africa's turbulent era of social upheaval.
The collection is composed mostly of prints, including poster art, linocut, screenprinting, and offset lithography. Under apartheid rule, access to formal training and traditional materials was nonexistent for black artists, so many flocked to printmaking for its format flexibility, high volume democratic reach, and relative affordability. At the height of the anti-apartheid movement, art collectives, underground studios, and commercial galleries pushed artwork into public view as a rallying cry for political change.
Here's a sneak peek at the compelling voices from three decades of the nation's social struggle.
Images from the Museum of Modern Art
Above: "You Have Struck a Rock" by Judy Seidman and Medu Art Ensemble, 1981. Screenprint.
"We Always Have Reason to Fear" by Kudzanai Chiurai. (Zimbabwean, born 1981), 2008. Lithograph.
"Secret Language II" by Conrad Botes (South African, born 1969), 2005. Lithograph.
"The Same But Different" by Paul Edmunds. (South African, born 1970), 2001. Linoleum cut sheet.
"A White Person" by Anton Kannemeyer (South African, born 1967), 2001. Screenprint.
"The Battle of Rorke's Drift at Club Dirty Den" by Cameron Platter, 2009. Pencil and crayon on paper.
"Save the Press" by Brett Murray, 1989. Offset-printed sticker.
"General" by William Kentridge (South African, born 1955), 2001. Engraving and watercolor.
"Nadir 16" by Jo Ratcliffe (South African, born 1961), 1987-8. Photolithograph.