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‘When Rain Clouds Gather’: Acknowledging the role of Black women in South African art history

A new exhibition, When Rain Clouds Gather: Black South African Women Artists, 1940-2000, held at the Norval Foundation, is a corrective to the previous systemic exclusion of Black women

Black Luminosity foregrounded visibility as an act of refusal

The group exhibition at SMAC gallery, curated by Gcotyelwa Mashiqa, revisited the chromatic and social properties of blackness in contemporary South African visual art

Pretensions of fighting for the oppressed and the totality of white power

We should be wary of taking theories of commitment and agency as self-evident; we should instead question their unspoken assumptions as we also question the motivations attendant to them

Drawing lines in art and politics

Judy Ann Seidman’s retrospective shows the complicity of antiblack racism in the white left

A Black Aesthetic lacks rigour

A Black Aesthetics as being uninventive and politically questionable

Fictive world is not escapist

Simphiwe Ndzube’s solo show in Cape Town offers no easy answers to deracinated utopias

Psychology of colour, texture

There is much more to the way Jody Paulsen uses his palette in ‘Water Me’

Ngobeni’s beautiful nightmare

The artist says our errors may give us the wisdom needed to confront these difficult times

Art and politics: Blessing Ngobeni brings us back to the reality

Despite seeming flamboyant or childlike, the artist's latest exhibition As If You Care tackles pertinent issues and shows his penchant for politic.

Athi-Patra Ruga’s latest art shows ‘Azania’ without a purpose

Athi-Patra Ruga's National Arts Festival show brings to mind a neo-avant-gardist catwalk display or an opening act for Lady Gaga, writes Athi Joja.

Simon Gush: Images, words and sounds expound on the global work ethic

Simon Gush’s latest exhibition interrogates the central role played by work in the construction and perception of our identities.

Writing’s on the wall for Robin Rhode

Now based in Berlin, South Africa’s ‘poet of street art’ is back home with an exhibition that signals his intent to keep ‘flipping’ the art world.

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