Exhibit celebrates 80th

2015-11-10 06:00
Whenever she’s not touring, artist Esther Mahlangu keeps busy at home with what she likes most – painting and teaching local girls about Ndebele culture and art.

Whenever she’s not touring, artist Esther Mahlangu keeps busy at home with what she likes most – painting and teaching local girls about Ndebele culture and art.

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Internationally renowned artist Esther Mahlangu is celebrating her 80th birthday with a solo exhibition at the UCT ­Irma Stern Museum.

Esther Mahlangu 80 is a collection of recent paintings and three-dimensional works.

Esther’s exhibition is part of SA-UK Seasons 2014 & 2015, a cultural exchange partnership between South Africa’s department of arts and culture and the United Kingdom’s British Council currently underway. The initiative aims to strengthen cultural ties between South Africa and the UK.

Esther’s contemporary status began with the Magiciens de la terre exhibition in the Pompidou in 1989, at a time when international participation was almost impossible for all but a few South African artists.

Since then she has collaborated and exhibited with many of the best-known artists around the world, adding a string of prestigious commissions to her name.

Exposure to new cultures, countries, materials and techniques has brought about new reasoning behind Esther’s work, although she has personally remained unchanged by her prominence.

Esther, who is based in Mpumalanga, will visit Cape Town for her exhibition. The comprehensive exhibition catalogue features seven essays and covers most of her life and work, and will be available from 34FineArt. A new signed silkscreen print, edition of 80 only, produced in London, will be on sale.

Also on view will be a new range of sneakers designed by Esther in collaboration with Swedish fashion label EYTYS. Released at Paris Fashion Week, these will be introduced in high-end fashion stores in Milan, London, Paris and New York next year.

Work from Esther’s latest inspiring collaboration with acclaimed UK artist STIK will be included as well.V The exhibition will be open Tuesdays to Fridays from 10:00 to 17:00 and Saturdays to 14:00 until Wednesday 2 December. Call 021 685 5686 for more information.

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