A Black Aesthetic: A View of South African Artists (1970 -1990)
An exhibition that draws from the University of Fort Hare art collection. Presented for the first time outside of the Eastern Cape since 1992, the collection features one of the country’s largest holdings of Black South African artists working between the period of 1970 and 1990, leading to the first democratic elections in 1994 and thereafter.
A Black Aesthetic: A View of South African Artists (1970 -1990), curated by Standard Bank Gallery manager and curator Dr. Same Mdluli, features the work of Black artists from various backgrounds, whose style and approach to artmaking are distinctly each of their own. Aiming to encourage a more critical engagement of these artists whose works have historically been neglected, A Black Aesthetic attempts to reposition their expression within the larger South African art historical narrative and redefine ways of discussing their work - challenging existing notions of what constitutes South African art history. Other themes in the exhibition, examines the contentious label of “township art”, a terminology which has been critiqued for its limitations in labelling and boxing Black artists from this locale.
Participating: Gerard Sekoto, George Pemba, Dumile Feni, Gladys Mgudlandlu and more.