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March 11, 2011

In an upcoming MoMA exhibition called Impressions from South Africa, 1965 to Now,  nearly 100 prints, posters, books, and wall stencils will be on view—many for the first time in the United States—providing a look at how printed art can be used as a tool for social, political, and personal expression. During the years of apartheid rule in South Africa, black artists had virtually no access to formal training, a fact that tested the creative community's ingenuity to work despite this sanctioned obstacle. What came about were underground workshops, print studios, and collectives that provided outlets for generations of artists. Printmaking proved to be an effective medium to use because of its accessibility, relative inexpensiveness, and propensity for wide distribution. The included works show South Africa through the eyes artists who lived through apartheid as well as contemporary works from artists grappling with its enduring effects. Click through the slideshow for a preview of the exhibition, which opens March 23rd and runs through August 14th.

Conrad Botes (South African, born 1969). <i>Secret Language II</i>. 2005 Lithograph, composition: 17 11/16" x 14 15/16". Image courtesy MoMA.
Conrad Botes (South African, born 1969). Secret Language II. 2005 Lithograph, composition: 17 11/16" x 14 15/16". Image courtesy MoMA.
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Dan Rakgoathe (South African, 1937 – 2004). <i>Moon Bride and Sun Bridegroom</i>. 1973. Linoleum cut, block: 15 3/4 × 24 7/8". Image courtesy MoMA.
Dan Rakgoathe (South African, 1937 – 2004). Moon Bride and Sun Bridegroom. 1973. Linoleum cut, block: 15 3/4 × 24 7/8". Image courtesy MoMA.
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Medu Art Ensemble (active 1978–1985). <i>You Have Struck a Rock</i>. 1981 Screenprinted poster, sheet: 23 5/8" × 16 9/16". Image courtesy MoMA.
Medu Art Ensemble (active 1978–1985). You Have Struck a Rock. 1981 Screenprinted poster, sheet: 23 5/8" × 16 9/16". Image courtesy MoMA.
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Jo Ractliffe (South African, born 1961). <i>Nadir 16</i>. 1987–88. One from a series of sixteen photolithograph and screenprints, sheet: 27 5/16 × 39 1/16". Image courtesy MoMA.
Jo Ractliffe (South African, born 1961). Nadir 16. 1987–88. One from a series of sixteen photolithograph and screenprints, sheet: 27 5/16 × 39 1/16". Image courtesy MoMA.
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Norman Catherine. (South African, born 1949). <i>Witch Hunt</i>. 1988. One from a series of six drypoints with watercolor additions, plate: 9 13/16" × 12 3/16". Image courtesy MoMA.
Norman Catherine. (South African, born 1949). Witch Hunt. 1988. One from a series of six drypoints with watercolor additions, plate: 9 13/16" × 12 3/16". Image courtesy MoMA.
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Save the Press Campaign (active 1988–1990). <i>Save the Press<i>. 1989. Offset-printed sticker, sheet: 5 7/8" × 2 1/4". Image courtesy MoMA.
Save the Press Campaign (active 1988–1990). Save the Press. 1989. Offset-printed sticker, sheet: 5 7/8" × 2 1/4". Image courtesy MoMA.
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William Kentridge (South African, born 1955). <i>General</i>. 1993 (published 1998). Engraving and watercolor, sheet: 47 5/8" × 31 7/16". Image courtesy MoMA.
William Kentridge (South African, born 1955). General. 1993 (published 1998). Engraving and watercolor, sheet: 47 5/8" × 31 7/16". Image courtesy MoMA.
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Sandile Goje. (South African, born 1972). <i>Meeting of Two Cultures</i>. 1993. Linoleum cut, block: 13 3/4" × 19 5/8". Image courtesy MoMA.
Sandile Goje. (South African, born 1972). Meeting of Two Cultures. 1993. Linoleum cut, block: 13 3/4" × 19 5/8". Image courtesy MoMA.
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Nomathemba Tana (South African, born 1953). <i>Amanzi Amthatha<i> from <i>Makana Remembered</i>, by various artists. 2001. Linoleum cut from a portfolio of twenty prints of various mediums, block: 19 3/16" × 13 7/8". Image courtesy MoMA.
The west side of Plaza de Armas reveals Santiago’s juxtaposition of old and new. The Plaza de Armas building, a mirrored glass edifice by Echenique Cruz Boisier Arquitectos, rises above the grand Catedral Metropolitana. The cathedral’s main altar was recently renovated, and many Santiago luminaries are buried on the church’s site.
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Diane Victor (South African, born 1964). <i>Why Defy</i> (2001) from the series <i>Disasters of Peace</i>. 2001–present. One from a portfolio of sixteen etching, aquatint, and drypoints with roulette, plate: 8 7/16" × 11 9/16". Image courtesy MoMA.
Diane Victor (South African, born 1964). Why Defy (2001) from the series Disasters of Peace. 2001–present. One from a portfolio of sixteen etching, aquatint, and drypoints with roulette, plate: 8 7/16" × 11 9/16". Image courtesy MoMA.
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Diane Victor (South African, born 1964). <i>5000 Rand a Head</i> (2001) from the series Disasters of Peace. 2001–present. One from a portfolio of sixteen etching, aquatint, and drypoints with roulette, plate: 8 7/16 × 11 9/16". Image courtesy MoMA.
Diane Victor (South African, born 1964). 5000 Rand a Head (2001) from the series Disasters of Peace. 2001–present. One from a portfolio of sixteen etching, aquatint, and drypoints with roulette, plate: 8 7/16 × 11 9/16". Image courtesy MoMA.
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Paul Edmunds (South African, born 1970). <i>The same but different</i>. 2001. Linoleum cut, sheet: 71 11/16" × 37 5/8". Image courtesy MoMA.
Paul Edmunds (South African, born 1970). The same but different. 2001. Linoleum cut, sheet: 71 11/16" × 37 5/8". Image courtesy MoMA.
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Claudette Schreuders (South African, born 1973). <i>The Couple from Crying in Public</i>. 2003. One from a series of nine lithographs with chine collé, composition: 13" x 9 3/16". Image courtesy MoMA.
Claudette Schreuders (South African, born 1973). The Couple from Crying in Public. 2003. One from a series of nine lithographs with chine collé, composition: 13" x 9 3/16". Image courtesy MoMA.
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Anton Kannemeyer (South African, born 1967). <i>A White Person</i>. 2004.
Screenprint, 22 3/16" × 13 11/16". Image courtesy MoMA.
Anton Kannemeyer (South African, born 1967). A White Person. 2004. Screenprint, 22 3/16" × 13 11/16". Image courtesy MoMA.
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Cameron Platter (South African, born 1978). <i>Life Is Very Interesting</i>. 2005. Digital print, sheet: 58 11/16" × 29 1/2". Image courtesy MoMA.
Asian-inspired gold-leaf platters.
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Cameron Platter (South African, born 1978). <i>Kwakuhlekisa</i>. 2007. Stencil, dimensions variable, pictured: 8' 9 7/8" × 15' 7". Image courtesy MoMA.
Cameron Platter (South African, born 1978). Kwakuhlekisa. 2007. Stencil, dimensions variable, pictured: 8' 9 7/8" × 15' 7". Image courtesy MoMA.
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Kudzanai Chiurai. (Zimbabwean, born 1981). <i>We Always Have Reason to Fear</i>. 2008. Two lithographed posters, 23 15/16 × 16 15/16". Image courtesy MoMA.
Kudzanai Chiurai. (Zimbabwean, born 1981). We Always Have Reason to Fear. 2008. Two lithographed posters, 23 15/16 × 16 15/16". Image courtesy MoMA.
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Cameron Platter. <i>The Battle of Rorke’s Drift at Club Dirty Den</i>. 2009. Pencil and crayon on paper. 7’ 10 ½” x 7’ 10 1/2”. Image courtesy MoMA.
Cameron Platter. The Battle of Rorke’s Drift at Club Dirty Den. 2009. Pencil and crayon on paper. 7’ 10 ½” x 7’ 10 1/2”. Image courtesy MoMA.
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Ernestine White (South African, born 1976). <i>Outlet</i>. 2010. Photocopy with lithographic ink on five sheets, overall: 53 15/16" × 15 15/16". Image courtesy MoMA.
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Conrad Botes (South African, born 1969). <i>Secret Language II</i>. 2005 Lithograph, composition: 17 11/16" x 14 15/16". Image courtesy MoMA.
Conrad Botes (South African, born 1969). Secret Language II. 2005 Lithograph, composition: 17 11/16" x 14 15/16". Image courtesy MoMA. Image courtesy of Digital Image © 2008 MoMA, N.Y..

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