The art of South Africa

Over the last two centuries, artists in South Africa have responded to European colonialism in different ways.

19th - 20th century

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Married Woman’s Apron (Ndebele peoples)
Married Woman’s Apron (Ndebele peoples)

These decorated aprons were gifts from the groom’s family to his wife, and signified her new role in society.

William Kentridge, drawing from <em>Tide Table (Soho in Deck Chair)</em>
William Kentridge, drawing from Tide Table (Soho in Deck Chair)

Why watch the tides when you can read about it in the newspaper? Kentridge comments on social class in this drawing.

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