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Sean O’Toole

Sean O’Toole

    Story of South Africa's first black Olympians keeps us guessing
    Story of South Africa's first black Olympians keeps us guessing
    A single image shows Len Taunyane and Jan Mashiani took part in the 1904 marathon but it cannot tell their story.
    Zapiro's hurdy-gurdy a no-go show
    Zapiro's hurdy-gurdy a no-go show
    Colonial tropes still haunt our racially divided society, writes Sean O'Toole.
    Migrants: Unexpected guests trapped in time and space
    Migrants: Unexpected guests trapped in time and space
    The outsider has always held a fascination for artists and writers, helping to shape our view of those who exist in a state of perpetual transition.
    Brett Murray: Small on penises, big on satire
    Brett Murray: Small on penises, big on satire
    Kicks and pricks aside, can Brett Murray's work ever be read ignoring the brouhaha his Spear painting caused? The short answer: Maybe.
    When art and the Bible meet, nothing is sacred
    When art and the Bible meet, nothing is sacred
    By vandalising the holy text, two South African artists have created a new interpretation of it.
    How selfies are changing the way we see ourselves and the world
    How selfies are changing the way we see ourselves and the world
    Even funerals and pilgrimages are falling prey to the compulsion to self-snap, writes Sean O’Toole.
    Monstrous shades colours perceptions about role of art
    Monstrous shades colours perceptions about role of art
    A new sculpture that neatly aligns commercial interests with art and our history has the twitterati frothing about apparent opportunism.
    Zooming in on Namibia's fashionable, young OvaHimba men
    Zooming in on Namibia's fashionable, young OvaHimba men
    Photographer Kyle Weeks’ portraits offer a reconstituted view of the OvaHimba as participants in modern and independent Namibia, writes Sean O'Toole.
    The fine art of moulding the essence of cities
    The fine art of moulding the essence of cities
    Architecture, design, innovation and toilets swirled together in separate international initiatives in Durban and Cape Town.
    Liza Lou: Knee-deep in SA's paradoxes
    Liza Lou: Knee-deep in SA's paradoxes
    Working on conceptual projects with traditional beadworkers in Durban has led US artist Liza Lou to re-evaluate her own naivety and hubris.
    Architecture: A scarce skill monopolised by whites
    Architecture: A scarce skill monopolised by whites
    The alarm has been raised at a congress for architects over stats revealing that only 24% of built environment professionals are black and 9% female.