Abstract South African Art
from the Isolation Years: Part 3

25 June – 01 August 2009

Abstract South African Art from the Isolation Years: Part 3 is the third installment in a series of exhibitions exploring abstract art as it was practiced by South African artists from the early 1950’s to the late 1980’s. The move towards Modernist Abstraction in South African art is one of the most important post-war developments which brought new trends and significant changes to the character of local art production and its reception.

Artists who developed new methods and encouraged new forms featured in this year’s collection include; Bill Ainslie, Kenneth Bakker, Walter Battiss, George Boys, Bettie Cilliers-Barnard, Christo Coetzee, Trevor Coleman, Cecil Higgs, Sydney Kumalo, Eduard Ladan, Erik Laubscher,  Renèe le Roux, Albert Newall, Ephraim Ngatane, Sam Nhlengethwa, Douglas Portway, Cecily Sash, Fred Schimmel, Larry Scully, Frank Spears, Henry Symonds, Jill Trappler, Gunther van der Reis, Hannatjie van der Wat, Herman van Nazareth, Edoardo Villa and Gordon Vorster.  

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue with an introduction by Marilyn Martin.