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NOW AND THEN (article first published : 2007-06-16)

Now and Then is a tribute by the KZNSA to the visual arts legend that is Durban artist Andrew Verster.

The exhibition will attempt to look at Andrew’s activities outside of what he is known for, which is painting. The works on exhibition will be from his own private collection, mostly not shown before. There will be works from this year: Bodyworks of monumental tattoo figures, a series of very large landscapes titled Primary Landscapes, and works using tissue paper stained with tea, coffee and turmeric, fused with melted wax.

The title Primary Landscape evokes associations with words such as first, principal, primitive, earliest, primal, beginning and others. Primary too refers to primary colour. They are luminous as if they just came out of the box; these works are a recent creation from the artist.

There will be models for the opera La Traviata for which the artist did the sets and costumes, as well as a few of the costumes themselves. A series of fifty collage compositions for tapestry will be displayed alongside marquette’s for architectural projects. Also on show will be designs for beadwork. And, of course, paintings and drawings.

The KZNSA firmly asserts that this is not a retrospective exhibition but, rather, a look at Andrew’s present concerns in the context of what has come before.

Now and Then runs from June 19 to July 8 at the KZNSA Gallery complex. The opening will take place at 18h00 on June 19. All are welcome.

More information from the KZNSA on 031 202 3686 or visit www.kznsagallery.co.za




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