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1986-1999: looking back at politics, art and young artists

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Art is never free of the spirit of its time and place but although the weight of history and geopolitics haunts art objects, this does not control their identities. Looking back at the years 1986 -1999, when I served on the National Arts Festival Committee, the extraordinary pressures exerted on South African art reflect the society at large as it suffered the burden of apartheid, the fragile promise of a negotiated transition of political power, and then the upheavals of post-1994 social transformation. But looking at the exhibitions produced by Young Artist Award Winners for Visual Art, their interpretations of the complex South African situation produced remarkably creative and diverse responses. They proclaimed the power of the imagination to intervene with bleak reality and liberate the individual human spirit.

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School

  • The Arts, English and Drama

Department

  • Arts

Published in

Standard Bank Young Artists: 25. A Retrospective Exhibition

Pages

19 - 27

Citation

ARNOLD, M., 2009. 1986-1999: looking back at politics, art and young artists. IN: Crump, A. and Maurice, E. (eds). Standard Bank Young Artists: 25: a Retrospective Exhibition. Marshalltown, Johannesburg: Standard Bank, pp. 19 - 27

Publisher

Standard Bank

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2009

Notes

This is a article from an exhibition catalogue which was published in conjunction with the exhibition 'Standard Bank Young Artists: 25' at the National Arts Festival, Albany Museum, Grahamstown, 2 July to 11 July 2009; Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg, 5 August to 19 September 2009

ISBN

9780620434416

Language

en

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