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Apartheid-Era South African Art’s prominent figure, David Koloane, dies aged 81

David Koloane, one of South Africa’s most prominent figures in the field of Art since the apartheid-era of the country has died at the age of 81. The news of the death of David Koloane was announced by Goodman Gallery which has been representing him in Johannesburg and Cape Town

In a formal announcement, the director of Goodman Gallery named Lisa Essers said that “David’s life and work stand as a testament to the indomitable nature of the human spirit, and its ability to overcome all obstacles with humility and grace. We are left today with David’s immeasurable contributions to South African art and society. He will be sorely missed.”

In terms of work from David, we know that there is art-making, curating, activism as well as writing and his work was also instrumental in dealing with colonialism as well as oppresion of black South Africans which was going on in the country at that time. His work was famously referred to as evoking the tensions that the artist felt in his country through swirling lines and compositions .

Koloane has also represented South Africa at the Venice Biennale in the year 2013. Also, there is currently a survey being done at the Iziko South African Museum in Cape Town and David’s work is the subject of this survey.

David once said that ” My work can be said to reflect the socio-political landscape of South Africa both past and present, The socio-political conditions created by the apartheid system of government have to a large extent transfixed the human condition as the axis around which my work evolves. The human figure has become the icon of creative expression. “

David’s best work is believed to be in the 1995 when London’s Whitechapel Gallery organized an exhibition titled “Seven Stories about Modern Art in Africa” which is said to be a “new chapter on exhibitions about the artistic discourse in Africa.”

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