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  • Sam Nhlengethwa; Glimpses of the Fifties and Sixties, five
  • Sam Nhlengethwa; Glimpses of the Fifties and Sixties, five
  • Sam Nhlengethwa; Glimpses of the Fifties and Sixties, five
  • Sam Nhlengethwa; Glimpses of the Fifties and Sixties, five
  • Sam Nhlengethwa; Glimpses of the Fifties and Sixties, five
  • Sam Nhlengethwa; Glimpses of the Fifties and Sixties, five
  • Sam Nhlengethwa; Glimpses of the Fifties and Sixties, five
  • Sam Nhlengethwa; Glimpses of the Fifties and Sixties, five
  • Sam Nhlengethwa; Glimpses of the Fifties and Sixties, five
  • Sam Nhlengethwa; Glimpses of the Fifties and Sixties, five
  • Sam Nhlengethwa; Glimpses of the Fifties and Sixties, five
  • Sam Nhlengethwa; Glimpses of the Fifties and Sixties, five
  • Sam Nhlengethwa; Glimpses of the Fifties and Sixties, five
  • Sam Nhlengethwa; Glimpses of the Fifties and Sixties, five
  • Sam Nhlengethwa; Glimpses of the Fifties and Sixties, five
  • Sam Nhlengethwa; Glimpses of the Fifties and Sixties, five


Lot Estimate
ZAR 20 000 - 30 000
Location
Johannesburg
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About this Item

South African 1955-
Glimpses of the Fifties and Sixties, five

each signed, dated '04, numbered 25/25, inscribed with the title in pencil and embossed with The Artists' Press chopmark in the margin

colour photo lithograph on paper
each image size: 20 by 28cm; 64 by 52,5 by 5cm including frame

Notes

The title of this series is Glimpses of the Fifties and Sixties. I have chosen to work in the style to which I have become accustomed (collage) and to also explore my printing via the photogravure process. I think one of the reasons I like this process is that it has an element of collage in it, but the process is more physically involved and delicate. It entails digitising an initial collage and working through at least five plates before even considering the trial print to be used for the series. I sourced material from the Drum magazine archives and I also looked through my own family albums. The use of my own archive was important because I wanted to reflect an intimacy and a familiarity that would make the images accessible. Looking through the albums I reminisced about growing up in my grandmother’s house and how I always found the dining room with the wedding photograph so intriguing. I also recalled enjoying a softball match in Westonaria (a small mining community on the West Rand) amidst the many dompas and curfew laws. Today these images have now been revived in the music videos of Mafikizolo and the ‘Stoned Cherry’ fashion label. I think I’m lucky in the sense that I have used art as an outlet for the frustrations I encountered during this time. My visual expression through painting was therapeutic and has now been transformed into what I believe to be a historical retrospective.

– Sam Nhlengethwa

Literature

Various Authors (2019) Leeto: A Sam Nhlengethwa Print Retrospective, Johannesburg: Goodman Gallery, published to coincide with the exhibition: Leeto: A Sam Nhlengethwa Print Retrospective, other impressions illustrated in colour on pages 34, 35 and 38.

Kathryn Smith (ed.) (2006) Sam Nhlengethwa, Johannesburg: Goodman Gallery Editions, other impressions illustrated in colour on pages 93-97.

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