Louis Maqhubela’s art comes home

first_imgLouis Maqhubela, Composition, 1972. Oil on paper. 51.7 x 58.7 cm. Collection: Johannesburg Art Gallery (Image: The Heritage Agency)  MEDIA CONTACTS • Jo-Anne DugganThe Heritage Agency+27 83 285 3600 RELATED ARTICLES • House firing up Swazi art scene • South African art • Beautiful Game caught on canvas • Art for all at Joburg art fair• Top price for Tretchi paintingChris ThurmanIf, as the Biblical saying has it, a prophet is never recognised in his own country, then it seems the same is true of artists living in exile. Many South African writers, actors, musicians and visual artists who left the country to escape the constraints of apartheid were acclaimed in their adopted countries but were largely forgotten at home.This, certainly, seems to have been the case with Durban-born Louis Khehla Maqhubela. Resident in London since the 1970s, Maqhubela has only occasionally had his work prominently exhibited in the land of his birth; consequently, its significance in both the development of so-called township art and what might be termed modernist abstraction in South African art has rarely been acknowledged.All that is changing thanks to A Vigil of Departure, a retrospective exhibition covering Maqhubela’s career over the course of half a century. In her catalogue essay and the material accompanying the exhibition, curator Marilyn Martin – director of art collections for Iziko Museums of Cape Town – situates the artist’s output within a fascinating biographical narrative.While still a teenager at a Soweto high school, Maqhubela attracted attention for his experiments with watercolour and oil paints, charcoal and ink.In the late 1950s, he enrolled as a student at the Polly Street Art Centre in central Johannesburg – a vitally important establishment in South African art history where, under the mentorship of Cecil Skotnes and others, talented young black artists mastered their technique and were given a platform for promoting their work.Maqhubela – who contributed to the Homage to Skotnes portfolio paying tribute to this elder statesman of South African art after he died in 2009 – has described Polly Street as “our magical password, our ID, to break into the exclusive echelons of the Johannesburg art scene”.Once he was part of that scene, Maqhubela was identified by various reviewers as “an artist of great imaginative strength” who demonstrated “a boldness and control of composition”. At that stage, his paintings were predominantly depictions of everyday life in what was then becoming a generic setting, the black township created by racial segregation.This form of township art has become somewhat denigrated by critics who see it as a formulaic and clichéd theme among many black South African artists. Martin is one of those who affirms the limitations of the genre, and she places greater value on the work that Maqhubela would subsequently produce.Nonetheless, visitors to the exhibition should not gloss over the early pieces. For one thing, township art from the 1950s and 60s valuably documents certain details from this period that might otherwise fall away from our collective memory. Maqhubela’s 1961 watercolour One Bottle One Orange is good example.There are also striking images such as the haunting charcoal drawing Little black boy lost in a white wood, and photographs of the mosaics that Maqhubela produced for various public spaces in Soweto.Turning pointThe years 1966 and 1967 marked a turning point in Maqhubela’s career: he was awarded first prize in the annual competition hosted by Johannesburg’s Adler Fielding Gallery and spent three months in Europe. During this trip he encountered the work of Paul Klee and other European artists, who would prove to have a strong influence on him; he also met South African expatriate artists such as Gerard Sekoto and Douglas Portway.Martin notices an immediate shift in Maqhubela’s style upon his return to the country: paintings such as A Township Scene and Houses and Fences from 1968 veer away from mimetic representation. Maqhubela would increasingly focus on the inherent aesthetic appeal of colour, line, shape and form – abstraction as opposed to realism.Of course, there are numerous pieces pre-dating the trip to Europe that indicate the artist’s fascination with geometry and fragmentation: his portraits Labourers, Wood Collectors and Man and Dog, for instance, along with the prize-winning work itself, Peter’s Denial. One could argue that his European experiences did not so much change his style as confirm an already-existing, albeit latent, inclination.Confident artistIn the 1970s Maqhubela produced a steady stream of untitled compositions in which he dabbled with combinations of shapes, colours and textures overscored by long, unbroken, shaky black lines that sometimes do and sometimes do not trace the outlines of identifiable figures. From the 1980s onwards, there is evidence of brighter and bolder brushwork – a confident abstract artist making the most of his palette.It would not, however, be fair to say that Maqhubela’s abstract work is simply a revelling in aesthetic delight. His paintings and etchings give expression to a complex symbolic universe. The recurrent images of birds and fish seem to be allusions to Christian metaphors for aspects of religious faith.Maqhubela has, from a young age, been a disciple of Rosicrucianism, that somewhat obscure but potent enquiry into esoteric knowledge and enlightenment. As such, his triangles and circles are not simply geometric forms but sacred images, manifestations of “beautiful, simple, universal laws”.While Maqhubela recalls that “abstract art by a black practitioner was a declaration of war against being stereotyped”, he is also insistent that abstraction is not a mode of expression exclusive to European modernism – far from it.“Abstraction has, for centuries, always been Africa’s premier form of expression,” he declares. Looking at recent works such as Ndebele Gate, Shield, Inyoka (isiZulu, meaning “snake”) and the Isiqhaza series (designs for Zulu round earrings), it’s hard to disagree with him.These resonances help to elucidate the title of the exhibition. Maqhubela feels that, even though he has lived abroad – in Spain and then England – since 1973, his imagination continues to be fired by South African cultural traditions and current affairs alike. He has been “keeping a vigil” for his homeland. Now, thanks to Martin and others, South African art lovers are able to return the favour.A Vigil of Departure showed at the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg until 18 September and will be on show at the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town from October before moving to the Durban Art Gallery in February 2011. read more

Virender Sehwag and Zaheer Khan set to come back

first_imgVirender Sehwag is set to return to the Indian team for the short tour of Sri Lanka this month after being “rested” for the Asia Cup on fitness grounds. The squad will be announced on Wednesday.Pacer Zaheer Khan, who also missed the tournament in Dhaka on the advice of physiotherapists, is also expected to return for the five One-day Internationals and a solitary Twenty20 International, beginning on July 21 in Hambantota.Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who turned 32 on Tuesday and last turned out in India colours in the second Test in England almost a year ago before an abdominal problem and lack of form forced his exit, could well be back too.Harbhajan’s replacement R Ashwin grabbed the opportunity with both hands and has been a permanent member of the team since then. The K Srikkanth-headed selection committee might decide to include both, though that would lessen the variety in the spin department.The selection committee is scheduled to meet in Mumbai.Sehwag, who captained Delhi Daredevils in the IPL in April-May after missing the preceding Asia Cup in March, said on Tuesday that he visited the National Cricket Academy a few days ago and underwent a fitness test, like some other players.The report of the players’ fitness – as well as Sachin Tendulkar’s availability – is likely to be submitted to the selectors just before the meeting to be held at the BCCI headquarters at the Wankhede Stadium.Tendulkar, who was nominated to Rajya Sabha recently, these days picks and chooses which ODIs to play. He opted to play in the Asia Cup and scored his 100th international century in Dhaka in March. It remains to be seen if he makes himself available for a series that is not a high profile one.advertisementIn case, Tendulkar decides to skip the series, Ajinkya Rahane could be picked as the third opener, in addition to Sehwag and his Delhi teammate Gautam Gambhir.Since the series is low key, the selectors might like to give opportunities to youngsters like Jalaj Saxena of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh medium pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar.The batting remains India’s strength as it comprises the likes of Sehwag, Tendulkar, Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Mahnedra Singh Dhoni, who is set to be retained captain, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma and Yusuf Pathan. A couple of them might be either rested in order to give opportunities to youngsters or dropped completely on the basis of form.The team also has young allrounders like Ravindra Jadeja, who didn’t do well in the IPL, Irfan Pathan and Saxena could also bowl off spin.Besides Zaheer, the pace department is likely to comprise Umesh Yadav, who has regained fitness after missing the Asia Cup, Irfan Pathan, Praveen Kumar, and R Vinay Kumar.India will begin with the first One-day International in Hambantota on July 21 and play the second game on July 24 at the same venue. The teams will then move to Colombo for the third and fourth match on July 28 and July 31, before travelling to Pallekele for the fifth one-dayer on August 4. The lone Twenty20 International will also be played in Pallekele, on August 7.last_img read more

10 months agoChelsea ace Kante: Do I cheat at cards? Well…

first_imgChelsea ace Kante: Do I cheat at cards? Well…by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea ace N’Golo Kante insists his reputation of being a card shark is overblown!Kante has been mercilessly teased for the way he plays cards when away with the France squad.But the World Cup winner has joked the accusations are unfair.”On cards, when you’re in complicated situations, you use little strategies and that’s what I did from time to time. That’s why I was called a cheater,” said Kante.”They are not entirely right because I’m not the only one to have done it but they are not wrong…” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Photos: Tennessee Students Snuck Into Neyland Stadium, Had A Snowball Fight

first_imgFans pack the stands to support their teams as the Mississippi Rebels face the Tennessee Volunteers.KNOXVILLE, TN – OCTOBER 01: Fans pack the stands to support their teams as the Mississippi Rebels face the Tennessee Volunteers on October 1, 2005 at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)A snow game took place in Neyland Stadium late Wednesday evening. It involved some snowballs and a group of mischievous Tennessee students. With their campus covered in a blanket of white powder, a few dozen Volunteers snuck into their school’s football stadium and had a giant snowball fight. This is the second year in a row that this has happened. After last year’s incident, many of the students were given citations for trespassing. when it’s 12:30 in the morning and you’re bored so you go to Ayers and Neyland Stadium  pic.twitter.com/apdfhmRTw8— Briyana Dyer (@BriyanaDyer) February 26, 2015Snowball fight in Neyland? I don’t know what you’re talking about? pic.twitter.com/Oy8FZa7TnW— Ali Clark (@alisonRhea08) February 26, 2015when in doubt break into Neyland on a school night 🙂 pic.twitter.com/2ErLE3r0xf— Erin Rivers (@erinriiivaaas) February 26, 2015#snoWBIR #utk snowball fight at neyland 2livecrew pic.twitter.com/NKfKWxru5D— Rico 〽️ckinney (@Mr_Suave) February 26, [email protected] @ClayTravisBGID @TeranJ_VLZ snowball fight in Neyland pic.twitter.com/I1TWl7ly8f— UT Sports (@UTvol_sports) February 26, 2015Hopefully Knoxville will get an unexpected snow this fall and we’ll get to see Tennessee’s football team play an actual snow game inside Neyland Stadium.last_img read more

North American stocks notch modest gains loonie up against US dollar

first_imgCanada’s main stock index notched a small gain Monday as sectors outside of commodities rose while easing geopolitical tensions helped U.S. markets advance.The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 26.41 points at 15,300.38, as losses in energy and metal stocks countered gains across much of the rest of market including health-care, real estate, and industrials.The gains came after recent U.S. and allied airstrikes on Syria did not appear to increase tensions in the area, said Allan Small, a senior investment adviser at HollisWealth.“They had the airstrikes over in Syria, and at least for now, tensions with Russia don’t seem to be there,” said Small.He said that the lack of reaction has markets, especially in the U.S., focusing instead on the early results from earnings season.“Because there was nothing retaliatory from Russia or whoever, markets thought it was a-ok and started to move up, positively trading on what it should be trading on, which is earnings and strength of the U.S. economy and the global economy, versus rhetoric, which is unfortunately what the market has been trading on for the past little while.”In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed up 212.90 points at 24,573.04. The S&P 500 index ended up 21.54 points at 2,677.84 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 49.63 points at 7,156.28.Small said the easing of tensions in the Middle East also helped push oil prices and stocks lower, with the May crude contract ending down US$1.17 cents at US$66.22 per barrel.“With oil, it’s the perception that’s more powerful than reality, and at the end of the day, if there is some fear in that area or region of the world, it’s going to cause oil to move higher. So maybe some of that came off today.”The Canadian dollar averaged 79.50 cents US, up 0.12 of a US cent. The May natural gas contract was up two cents to US$2.75 per mmBTU.The June gold contract closed up US$2.80 to US$1,350.70 an ounce and the May copper contract ended up three cents at US$3.10 a pound.Resolute Forest Products Inc. saw its share price climb 22 cents, or 1.74 per cent, to $12.89 after Unifor said it had reached a tentative deal with the company that would serve as a pattern agreement for future negotiations.last_img read more

2019 Black History Gala Night

first_imgTickets:$40 for Adults (14 years and above)$20 for Kids (6-13 years)Free for Children (0-5 years)Available at the Stonebridge Hotel lobbyFeb 2nd, 9th & 16th 1pm-3pmTo view the FB Event Page; CLICK HERETo view the Pan African Caribbean Association; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Pan African Caribbean Association is celebrating Black History Month with a Gala Night, February 23rd, 2019.This evening will be a mixture of unique cultures which you can explore through African/Caribbean cuisine, a fashion show, and music.Saturday, February 23rd 5-9pmMackenzie Ballroom Stonebridge Hotel9223 100St Fort St Johnlast_img read more

Taking cue from Melbourne

first_imgAustralian cities are younger than the cities in Europe. So, the city managers in Australia used the opportunity to learn from the mistakes made in Europe while executing water supply and sanitation plans for their big cities. In small villages in the arid region of the Great Artesian Basin in Australia, drinking water is often obtained by the villagers or the tiny hotels by collecting and storing rainwater. Alternatively, 200-300 metres deep bores are drilled to obtain artesian groundwater resulting from old rainfall which infiltrated the Great Dividing Range in Queensland, about 50,000 to 150,000 years ago. Also Read – A special kind of bondIn Australia, major cities like Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne have their own specialties in water supply. They have long-term futuristic plans for obtaining additional water supplies, as the population of the cities is growing and the climate is becoming erratic. The city of Melbourne has one of the ideal water supply schemes managed by the company Melbourne Water. Anyone visiting Melbourne is surprised to see a note from Melbourne Water, displayed in the foyer, stating that the quality of tap-water is as good as any “bottled mineral water”. The note reads: ‘Go ahead, drink and enjoy the Melbourne Water straight from the tap’. Also Read – Insider threat managementSuch confidence arises from the fact that the company takes meticulous precautions in all phases of providing drinking water supply, starting from range-land management to distribution network, in order to provide good quality drinking water to about 400,000 residents spread over roughly 32 square miles of the city area and the neighboring towns. The catchment areas or the range-lands are treated to promote infiltration of rainfall into the ground and to reduce the velocity of runoff. This results in reducing the silt-load coming into the reservoirs. The infiltrated water slowly reaches the streams which flow to enrich the storage reservoirs. Most of these catchments and range-lands have limited public access. They yield very clean raw water to the reservoirs. This water receives further treatment to make it suitable for human consumption. In times of critical excess demand, Melbourne Water uses water from the Victorian Desalination Plant located at Dalyston, producing around 410 mega litres per day. In addition to this, the North-South Pipeline, also known as the Sugarloaf Pipeline, comes from the town of Victoria north of Melbourne, bringing around 96,000 mega litres per year into the Sugarloaf reservoir of Melbourne Water Co. Surface water stays in the storage reservoirs for up to five years, which helps to improve its quality as some of the impurities break down over the time. This storage in several reservoirs also ensures availability of water in lean years when rainfall is low. The reservoirs are interconnected, allowing movement of water from one reservoir to another whenever needed. The citizens of Melbourne know that the color, taste and smell of water could change throughout the year. This is very normal and usually depends on the following factors: source of water — Water could come from a number of reservoirs, each with natural differences in color and mineral content; demand — People tend to use more water in summer, which causes it to travel faster through the pipes; temperature — Temperature changes the taste of water (cooler water generally tastes better) and it depends on the time of the year. In spite of such changes the monitoring of water quality supplied to homes and industries, is very strict. Each year, Melbourne Water tests about 50,000 samples from over 160 locations, including, storage reservoirs, service reservoirs, aqueducts, transfer mains and points of supply to the retail water customers. Testing of water samples helps fine-tune the water treatment processes, so they can add chemicals in the precise amounts needed; identify potential issues like algal blooms in advance; decide where to transfer water, such as avoiding reservoirs with water quality issues. Australia being a dry continent, every provider of water and sanitation service to cities, including Melbourne Water, searches for new methods for water storage such as wetlands, water ponds, aquifers and also for reuse/recirculation of waste water. Unfortunately, groundwater in the local aquifer is not much in use within urban Melbourne due to its brackishness and due to the pollution caused by industries. Given the need to find a sustainable water strategy for the future, it is very likely that the importance of groundwater will rise after purification through Reverse Osmosis Units. The system of harvesting of storm-water in ponds and wet-lands has certain advantages, as it reduces storm water pollutants and turbidity, and it reduces reliance on drinking water for irrigation. The system provides up to 160 mega litres of storm water per year, or 89 per cent of the requirement for irrigation of city parks. Water used for such irrigation is passed through ultraviolet disinfection units. It creates a variety of different habitats, which have resulted in greater biodiversity. The treated storm water flows slowly through about 70,000 aquatic plants. It enables sports arenas to remain green all year round, which has enhanced community health and well-being. It also creates a space for community enjoyment and recreation. Boardwalks, footpaths and educative sign-boards allow the people to connect with the landscape. In Melbourne, one finds a rare combination of high quality drinking water supply along with careful treatment of storm water and waste water, for providing a green living environment to the citizens. (The author is a water resources consultant based in Pune and has visited Australia several times. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Womens basketball Penn State up next for Ohio State

OSU coach Kevin McGuff during a game against Nebraska on Feb. 18, 2016 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Lantern file photoThe Ohio State women’s basketball might have played its best game of the season on Sunday against Nebraska. A season-high 23 assists led OSU to a 20-point win and the Buckeyes’ sixth-straight victory.The extra pass helped OSU put up 95 points, its second most in conference play. The team shot 47 percent from the field and had 10 more shots than Nebraska because of 19 turnovers.Coach Kevin McGuff said it’s not the number of possessions he wants. Rather, he looks for good shots off those possessions that has been a problem at times this season for the Buckeyes.“(What) I try to focus on most (is) are we getting the right shots or not,” McGuff said. “With the talent we have, if we get the right shots over the course of a 40-minute game we’ll make enough of them.”Up next for OSU is Penn State. Last year, the Buckeyes had little trouble with the Nittany Lions, leaving University Park with a 77-63 victory.This year, the Nittany Lions are led in scoring by sophomore guard Teniya Page with 18.5 points per game and followed by senior guard Lindsey Spann averaging 11.3 ppg. Penn State is 14-7 overall and 4-5 in the Big Ten and is coming off a lost at home versus Illinois 88-69.Junior guard Kelsey Mitchell could get a lot of the attention from the Nittany Lions, but sophomore forward Stephanie Mavunga could be the X-factor against Penn State. Mavunga is averaging a double-double with 11.3 rebounds and 11.7 points per game, while shooting 56.8 percent from the field. Her inside scoring could be a problem for the Nittany Lions.“I try to focus on the rebounds, the points just kind of happen,” Mavunga said. “A lot of people worry about points, I just worry about rebounds second chance points are really the key or taking away other team’s second chance opportunities.”Penn State will face the second-best rebounding team in the Big Ten, with Mavunga leading the conference in rebounding. Even with her own individual accomplishments, Mavunga credits team play for her success.“We are playing good team-basketball,” Mavunga said. “Throwing that extra pass, and not being selfish is a key on big teams.”Although Penn State hasn’t won a Big Ten game on the road this year, the Buckeyes are taking them seriously.“I like Penn State’s roster. They’re very talented,” McGuff said. “I anticipate a very difficult game. They have a great program and a history of success and their kids are used to winning, and I know they will be excited to come here and compete.”Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesday. read more

Napoli name strong squad for Liverpool trip

first_imgNapoli have named their squad for the Champions League trip to Liverpool, with the likes of Simone Verdi and Vlad Chiriches the notable absentees.The match slated to take place at Anfield on Tuesday at 20.00 GMT happens to be the decider for who goes through to the Round of 16.According to Football Italia, Raul Albiol who was left out of the team for Saturday’s 4-0 Serie A victory over Frosinone will make the trip and is expected to start at Anfield.Ghoulam is equally part of the travelling party after providing two assists for Arkadiusz Milik this weekend, his first appearance since rupturing his ACL in November 2017.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.The only absentees for Ancelotti’s side are Simone Verdi and Vlad Chiriches, while Amin Younes is not on the UEFA list.Napoli squad for Liverpool: Ospina, Karnezis, Meret, Mario Rui, Maksimovic, Albiol, Koulibaly, Ghoulam, Luperto, Malcuit, Hysaj, Zielinski, Fabian Ruiz, Rog, Allan, Diawara, Hamsik, Mertens, Callejon, Milik, Insigne, OunasLiverpool warmed up for the clash with a 4-0 win over Bournemouth thanks to Salah’s hat-trick and Klopp is banking on their 12th man(the Anfield crowd) to roar them into the knockout stages.last_img read more