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Ritual and Silence: Spirituality in Art in the Wake of World War II (1945-1975)


“Do I believe in God? Yes, when I work …. My only religion is that of the love of the work to be created.” Henri Matisse
“I believe that the artist is very similar to a priest ….
When I am at the Metropolitan Museum, that’s my religion.”
Hermann Nitsch
“It’s time to define art in a larger way, to include science and religion too.” Joseph Beuys
“The artist is never happy, until he finds the well of the unconscious; then ….
He becomes illumined by the generating force as an icon.”
Jackson Pollock
“Transported by the imagination we attain life … which is absolute art.” Yves Klein

In many respects, after World War II, Avant Garde Art in its many forms assumed a scared role.
Touching on the work of a spectrum of artists from Matisse and Rothko to Klein and Beuys, the lecture will examine ways in which spirituality is addressed in art during the first three decades following World War II.

Cyril is well-known as an experienced, fluent and fascinating lecturer. His research covers areas not often explored and is always illustrated in the presentations with visually engaging images, which bring to life the concepts addressed.
He lectured in Art History at Wits and left academic life to pursue a full time career as an artist, free-lance lecturer and art teacher.
He is best known as a portrait painter of influential people, including luminaries such as Nelson Mandela, Graca Machel, Anton Rupert and George Bizos.
In recent years he has been involved in the curatorship of a number of exhibitions for the Standard Bank including “Water: The delicate thread of life” – 2011 and “Exact Imagination: 300 Years of Botanically Inspired Art in South Africa” – 2014.

Ritual and Silence: Spirituality in Art in the Wake of World War II (1945-1975)

Date: 5 October 2016 (lectures are held on the first Wednesday of every month)
Venue: Military Museum – 22 Earlswold Road, Saxonwold
Time: 6:00-7:30pm – Doors open at 5:45
Ticket Price: R120 – CASH ONLY

Any further enquiries can be directed to Jean: 083 268 9329 / jmcallister@iafrica.com

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