The Easel

‘A Black Aesthetic: A view of South African Artists (1970 -1990)’ A challenge to existing ideas of South African art history

Can a “landmark” exhibition change South Africa’s awareness of its own art? That’s the aspiration of a show of art made during the apartheid era. This ‘black aesthetic’ was distinctly modernist, mainly non-political, and still influences current South African art. “A cornerstone [show] for what art made by artists who are black … is all about.”