It is through the lens of the artists’ mastery of printmaking and their strikingly distinctive styles that Iziko Museums of South Africa proudly presents Print Promises at the Iziko South African National Gallery (ISANG). The exhibition bears witness to the visual richness of printmaking in South Africa and worldwide. A small and eclectic selection from over 3000 prints in ISANG’s collection is on display, representing all the major printmaking techniques.
The exhibition brings together diverse possibilities and influences of printmaking as artistic medium. It journeys through time, across borders to incorporate an abundance of unique approaches by a myriad artists. From historical prints by Michael Wohlgemut and Albrecht Dürer to lithographic prints by Honoré Daumier and Japanese Ukiyo-ye, we travel further south to Azaria Mbatha and Vuminkosi Zulu, who both trained at Rorke’s Drift. In the 1970s and 1980s ISANG was fortunate to acquire print art by Pablo Picasso, Pierre Soulages and Lucien Freud, these too, are part of this lively exhibition at ISANG.
Contemporary printmaking is flourishing, with the artists used new approaches and revitalising old techniques. Present-day printmakers such as Diane Victor, Claudette Schreuders, Christine Dixie, Dineo Bopape, Georgina Gratrix, Mongezi Ncaphayi and William Kentridge are represented: they frequently return to the medium of printmaking to seek new creative challenges.
The artists represented in this exhibition have all used printmaking to explore their subject matters and techniques in exciting ways. The medium seems to offer a versatility that appeals to the explorative nature, often allowing movement beynd the conventions of other art genres. Evolving and democratic, the print could even claim to be one of the most promising art forms.
Issued by: Tracey Heeger
Communications coordinator (traditional): Iziko Museums of South Africa
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About Iziko Museums of South Africa (Iziko)
Iziko operates 11 national museums, the Planetarium and Digital Dome, the Social History Centre and three collection specific libraries in Cape Town. The museums that make up Iziko have their own history and character, presenting extensive art, social and natural history collections that reflect our diverse African heritage. Iziko is a public entity and public benefit organisation that brings together these museums under a single governance and leadership structure. The organisation allows *free access to all individuals on commemorative days, (*excluding the Castle of Good Hope, Groot Constantia and Planetarium and Digital Dome). Visit our webpage at http://www.iziko.org.za, join our online community on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/IzikoMuseums) or follow us on Twitter (@Iziko_Museums) for regular updates on events, news and new exhibitions.