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All are welcome to attend an open lecture by Prof Federico Freschi, Head of our College Te Maru Pumanawa, as part of the University of Otago Languages and Cultures 2021 Research Seminar Series.

WHEN: 12 noon, Tuesday, July 27, 2021

WHERE: Room 5C13, Arts Building, University of Otago campus, Dunedin

WHAT: ‘The Lively World of Galleries and Salesrooms’: Commercial Galleries and the Market for Contemporary Art in Johannesburg, 1950s-1970s

In this lecture Professor Freschi considers the role of commercial galleries like Gallery 101, Gallery 21, the Egon Guenther Gallery and the Goodman Gallery, amongst others, in the development of a market for contemporary art in Johannesburg from the mid-1950s to the early 1970s. He explores the broader political, academic and critical frameworks for the understanding, appreciation and promotion of contemporary South African art
which they were instrumental in creating and shows how these continue to resonate in the international art market.

Federico Freschi was appointed Professor and Head of College at the Otago Polytechnic in 2019. He was
formerly the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. His numerous publications focus on questions of nationalism and identity as expressed in architecture and modern art. He has curated exhibitions of national and international significance, notably as the South African curator of Henri Matisse: Rhythm and Meaning, the first exhibition of Matisse’s work to be held on the African continent. He is a former Vice-President on the board of Comité International d’Histoire de l’Art (CIHA); formerly held the position of President of SAVAH (South African Visual Arts Historians and is on the advisory committee of Forum Kunst und Markt (Technische Universität Berlin). His most recent publication (with Brenda Schmahmann and Lize van Robbroeck) is the edited volume Troubling Images: Visual Culture & the Politics of Afrikaner Nationalism (Wits University Press, 2020). He is a co-editor (with Farieda Nazier and Jane Venis) of The Politics of Design: Privilege and Prejudice in Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia and South Africa (forthcoming, Otago Polytechnic Press).

Image: Gallerist Linda Goodman with Sydney Kumalo’s Head Matriarch (1962), Johannesburg, 1965. Photo: Egon Guenther, used with permission from the Egon Guenther Estate.


Published on 23 Jul 2021

Orderdate: 23 Jul 2021
Expiry: 30 Jul 2021