Alexis Preller: Africa, the sun and Shadows
Alexis Preller: Africa, the Sun and Shadows is a long overdue retrospective of the work of Alexis Preller (1911 –1975). During the course of his 40-year career, Preller concentrated solely on his art, working daily in his Pretoria studio and producing a vast number of exuberantly coloured, imaginative compositions.
Alexis Preller: Africa, the Sun and Shadows showcases a wide selection of the artist’s work, as well as a number of artefacts, documents and photographs relevant to his life. A contribution to understanding Preller as one of South Africa’s pre-eminent artists, and as a pioneer who defined an African style in the 20th century, the exhibition follows the last major exhibition of the artist’s oeuvre – the Retrospective Exhibition at the Pretoria Art Museum in 1972. The exhibition is accompanied by Alexis Preller, compiled by art historian, Esmé Berman, and artist, Karel Nel. This comprehensive monograph on the artist consists of two volumes: an extensive biography of Preller and a collection of his works.
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