South African Black Old Masters - 3D virtual exhibition by Soweto Fine Art ONLINE

South African Black Old Masters

Wed, 04/07/2021 to Wed, 05/05/2021

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The South African Black Old Masters

This auction truly celebrates the South African Black Old Masters with a catalog representing one of the most comprehensive 20th and 21st Century Black African Fine Art collections we have ever offered to our clients on auction. All the artworks on this auction are illustrated works in the groundbreaking publication "South African Fine Art – The Soweto School of Art" ISBN 978-1-920668-00-6, written by Martin G. Britz.

This book is the result of a 33 year-long dedicated study of a specific group of Black South African male artists who lived and worked specifically in Soweto, South Africa, during the height of apartheid governance spanning the years 1960 through to 2010.

The Soweto School of Art is the first black fine art movement to emerge from the African continent, marking a significant milestone in the history of art.

Prof. Terry Mills, Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA, Dean of the faculty for the Social Sciences and the Humanities, who moderated the manuscript;

“This book which identifies and defines, the “Soweto School of Art,” the first black fine art movement to emerge from the African continent, marks a significant milestone in the history of art. Through his commitment and efforts, Martin has preserved an essential part of the history of South Africa that will undoubtedly serve as an instrument of learning and healing that will strengthen and uplift generations to come.”


This selection of rare and historical works included in the sale represents pieces from the private collection of the author, Martin G. Britz, and entries from the private collections of Soweto School Of Art collectors, who began supporting Martin in his effort in the early 1990s. Martin started his personal art collection 33 years ago in 1984 at the age of 16 while working in the warehouse of his father's art auction rooms where he first met the group of black artists. During the ensuing years, as their friendships grew and Martin began documenting their histories and artworks, he also began acquiring selected original works of art to be used as illustrations in his book. Martin selected these works specifically for their significant historical and cultural relevance as interpreted and shared by the artists.

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