Africa has a rich cultural and artistic heritage. When most of us think of African art, we usually envision tribal masks, wooden sculptures, and images depicting gods and rituals. This area has been studied thoroughly by scholars and enthusiasts alike. For good reason too; traditional African art is an example of beautiful craftsmanship, and gives us a good picture of ancient traditions.
Unfortunately, our obsession with tribal art means that contemporary African art often gets overlooked or forgotten about. Rivington Place want to change that, and up until the 9th of March the gallery has a distinct African theme, with an exhibition by Peter Clarke.Wind Blowing on the Cape Flats is the first substantial major retrospective of the South African artist, whose work is a subtle critique on the apartheid and the social consequences it held.
Born in 1929, Clarke grew up at a time when it was unusual for a black man to make a living through painting. For that reason, he is mainly self-taught, and studied European artists such as Picasso from books. His work is witty and poignant, and the exhibition is a celebration of his artistic contributions over the past sixty years.
Wind Blowing on the Cape Flats is on display until the 9th March. Admission is free, but there will also be a lecture that you can attend for £6 on the 7th March at 6.30pm. Art & Activism in South Africa takes a look at how women take on an active political role through art.