Artnet News | Caroline Goldstein

The artist Tony Gum is the recipient of the 2017 Miami Beach Pulse Prize, the fair announced today. The jury selected the South African artist to receive a cash grant of $2,500, chosen based on her solo show for Christopher Moller Gallery.

Gum’s presentation, “Ode to She,” is a timely reflection on her own experience as a Xhosa woman. Her work is rooted in the tradition known as intonjane, where a young girl evolves physically and spiritually through the many stages of her native culture.

At barely 22 years old, Gum is certainly a young artist on the rise, and definitely has both buzz and a real fan base. Vogue anointed her “the coolest girl in Cape Town” and her 40,000 Instagram followers seem to agree…read more 

Image | Tony Gum’s Xhosa Woman-Umfazi(2017). Courtesy of Christopher Moller Gallery.