Exhibition: the din of daily life… a solo travelling exhibition by Arlene Amaler-Raviv
Venue: Oliewenhuis Art Museum, 16 Harry Smith Street, Bloemfontein
Special Talk: 17:30 on Thursday, 22 February 2018
Opening: 19:00 on Thursday, 22 February 2018
Informal Walkabout: 10:00 on Friday, 23 February 2018
Closing date: 2 April 2018
Oliewenhuis Art Museum is pleased to present a solo travelling exhibition, the din of daily life… by acclaimed artist Arlene Amaler-Raviv.
Arlene Amaler-Raviv’s artistic trajectory spans four decades of dedication and prolific output as evident in numerous exhibitions locally and internationally. She is a dedicated teacher of the arts. This artist voices the sounds of protest, lamentation, joy and quiet conversation. Her voice is singing, calling, longing, weeping and shouting in its engagement with the viewer. Her paintings track the movement of displacements, transitions and relocations while trying to anchor her Self in a world of flux and transition. For Amaler-Raviv, everything is ‘terribly important’ and intensely felt. This fragility and passion becomes her strength. She appears in her paintings at many different times, in many different guises.
Amaler-Raviv stated that; “I try to give a voice to the voiceless — to translate the din of our daily lives, through the painted mark. The archetypal figure, who is any person in survival mode, strides with purpose through my canvasses, repeating like a mantra: keep going, keep walking, keep striving, keep hoping, keep overcoming, keep living. I have lived my life in this way; picking myself up, mending broken pieces and striding forward by painting, painting and painting. I have painted myself out of a corner so many times. The six panels of postcards, Africa meets Europe is a collection of images over 40 years, documenting my journey as a painter”. The artist cherishes the following quote by Pearl Primus in her notebook; “My life has been like travelling up a river. Every now and then I would hear singing around the bend and so around the bend I would go and become occupied with living”.
Arlene Amaler-Raviv was born in Johannesburg and received a Bachelor of Arts degree (Fine Arts) from the University of the Witwatersrand under the supervision of Robert Hodgins. In the 1970s she was involved in art education, workshops, teaching and teacher training programmes. Since 1979 she has held many solo exhibitions at Everard Read Gallery, Market Theatre Gallery and group shows locally and internationally. During the 1990s she lectured at the University of Pretoria, FUBA and at the Katlehong Art Center (BACA). In 1996 she lived in the Netherlands where she assisted in the curatorship of the exhibition of Africa meets Africa at the Museum of Ethnology, Rotterdam.
Amaler-Raviv moved to Cape Town in 1997 and was involved in numerous projects. These include a twenty meter sight-specific installation for the District Six Sculpture Project entitled Dislocation Relocation; large oil paintings on glass entitled Departure that was exhibited at Mark Coetzee Fine Art and two collaborative exhibitions with photographer Dale Yudelman, namely One exhibited at the Association for Visual Arts and Where the Mountain meets the City exhibited at 232 Long Street.
Vodacom commissioned Amaler-Raviv to create an installation of seventeen oil paintings on aluminium in 2000. In 2002 Spier acquired a 2m x 2m portrait of Mandela for their collection. Many of her paintings and works hang in private collections around the world and publicly in major art collections in South Africa.
Bloemfontein is the first leg for the exhibition the din of daily life…, which will run from 22 February to 2 April 2018. Prior to the opening, renowned art lawyer, Toby Orford will present a talk at 17:30 in the Reservoir, Oliewenhuis Art Museum. The talk will include a general introduction to the interaction between art and law and how and when the different aspects of the structure known as art law works to benefit the modern art community as much as possible.
Toby has BA, LLB and LLM degrees from the University of Cape Town and a Diploma in International Law from the University of Cambridge. Toby has practised maritime law for over 20 years in South Africa, the United Kingdom and Sweden – as a practising lawyer, consultant and in house legal counsel – involving arbitration disputes over the chartering of vessels and the carriage of cargo. Toby specialises in legal consultancy specialising in art and cultural property. Toby is based in Cape Town but his consultancy covers all of South Africa. Where appropriate, he works in conjunction with dedicated teams of local lawyers and other experts.
The opening will take place at 19:00 in the Main Building, Oliewenhuis Art Museum with Toby Orford as the opening speaker. An informal walkabout will take place the next day at 10:00 on Friday, 23 February 2018, conducted by Arlene Amaler-Raviv.
After Bloemfontein, this exceptional exhibition will travel to The Melrose Gallery in Johannesburg where it will be on show from 13 April to 13 May 2018.
For more information please contact Oliewenhuis Art Museum on 051 011 0525 (ext 200) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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