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Any which way but here (Dyptich) - detail

Peter Clarke
Any which way but here (Dyptich) - detail, Mixed Media on Paper , 70 x 50cm
Copyright the artist, courtesy of private collection


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Peter Clarke at Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) in partnership with the South African National Gallery (Iziko Museums of South Africa) presents a major retrospective and first substantial exhibition in the UK of the internationally acclaimed artist, Peter Clarke. 'Wind Blowing on the Cape Flats' honours Clarke’s life, work and contribution to art over sixty years and tells the story of an artist who is part of a lost generation, a voice that has been largely unheard in Europe.

One of the most accomplished and versatile visual South African artists, Peter Clarke was born in 1929. In his early twenties he declared that he would make his living as an artist, which was a highly unusual ambition for a young black South African at the time. Over the last sixty years, Clarke has reflected on his country’s social and political history and is often referred to as the ‘quiet chronicler’. His work constitutes a subtle critique of apartheid and its social consequences as well as more recently, aspects of the ‘new’ South Africa.

Although largely self-taught, Clarke was encouraged by taking informal art classes and studying European masters that he saw reproduced in books - including Picasso, and the South African modernist Gerard Sekoto (the first black artist to be represented in a South African public collection). Witty, sharp, poignant, aesthetically memorable, Clarke’s work provides an extraordinary context for discussion of his country as it prepares to celebrate 20 years since the momentous elections that brought Nelson Mandela to President.

Peter Clarke’s art is about people, and in his reflection of humanity and in the contribution he has made to his country’s cultural development, he has become an inspiration to many other artists. Wind Blowing on the Cape Flats charts his development as an artist, his prolific creativity as a painter, printmaker and an internationally acclaimed writer and poet through over 80 works including paintings, drawings, prints, woodcuts, collages, sketchbooks as well as artist books.

'Wind Blowing on the Cape Flats' is curated by Tessa Jackson and Riason Naidoo, Director: Art
Collections (South African National Gallery & Old Town House), Iziko Museums of South Africa. The exhibition continues Iniva’s work to promote culturally diverse artists, curators, writers and thinkers ignored by mainstream institutions.

16 January 2013 - 19 March 2013