In Kind of Blue, Sam Nhlengethwa’s latest solo exhibition of drawings, prints and paintings at the Goodman Gallery, he pays homage to trumpeter and composer Miles Davis and celebrates the recent 50th anniversary of Davis’ groundbreaking album Kind of Blue. WHEN? Opening at Goodman Gallery 26 August at 18.00 until 29 September 2010
MORE INFO: “When I was a youngster,” the artist reflects, “on Sundays when people were relaxing, from street to street people would sit with a portable vinyl player listening to Miles Davis.” And, he says “unlike with the other vinyls where we picked tracks, Kind of Blue was played repeatedly from the first track, ‘So What?’ to its last track ‘Flamenco Sketches’”. (Goodman Gallery invitation) Included on the show are a number of etchings and lithographs which Nhlengethwa produced at Mark Attwood’s Artists’ Press studio in White River. There are also mixed media collage drawings and paintings all the size of vinyl record covers. Goodman Gallery writes further: ‘ Nhlengethwa’s new works are stark, mostly monochromatic and affectingly vivid, echoing the emotion of Davis’s melody. Black and white rendered silhouette figures recall another era, an age when taking risks was central to cultural development.’
MORE ON NHLENGETHWA:
BORN: 1955 In the mining community of Payneville in Springs
GREW UP: In Ratanda location in Heidelberg, east of Johannesburg.
ART EDUCATION: Completed a two-year Fine Art Diploma at the Rorkes Drift Art Centre in the late 1970s.
EXHIBITIONS: Exhibited both locally and abroad throughout the 1980s and ’90s. Major turning point was his 1993 solos show Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow in 1993
AWARDs: Standard Bank Young Artist Award in 1994 amongst others
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