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Posts tagged “South African art

A Matter of Respect- Zuma Spear Controversy.

“Only Jesus can be naked on the cross. You can’t do that to President Zuma…an insensitive creation by a white person”.” ( Barend La Grange, vandal of Murray artwork)

Well, with so many interesting debates going on about censorship, racism, cultural ethics and the nature and purpose  of art, who has time to worry about unfinished paintings?

I have thrown this topic into numerous lunch and dinner conversations, and am always delighted at the way it gets everyone hot under the collar! No more talk about the weather and the price of petrol!

Real thinking required 🙂

Please feel free to leave comments and engage with this fascinating debate! I personally go with Mike van Graans review of Brett Murray’s entire exhibition “Hail to the Thief”

 

Interesting/informative  links discussing the Zuma Spear Controversy..:

 

http://www.brettmurray.co.za/essays-and-texts/mike-van-graans-hail-to-the-thief-review/

http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/world-news/zuma-painting-charges-dropped_711593.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/may/29/jacob-zuma-spear-anc-rally

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/66c5186a-aa46-11e1-8b9d-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1wR1ZKWOb

http://www.news24.com/Tags/Topics/zuma_painting

 


Featured artist- Johann Louw

My development as an artist features several influential artists, the most instrumental among them my painting lecturer Johann Louw. During the two years that he guided my student efforts, I learnt how to handle criticism, believe in my style, and to know what great painting looks like by his example. Plus he was funny, in a dada kind of way as we often didn’t get his humour…only now do I fully appreciate his quirky and irreverent character!

He has since achieved international success, with a string of solo shows at leading South African Galleries, as well as shows in New York, Germany, and Australia. His paintings are powerful and layered statements , impacting on many psychological and emotional levels. I find them hypnotic, disturbing, mind-altering- a great muse!!

http://www.johannlouw.com

All images copyright Johann Louw