Prominent South African artist, Arlene Amaler-Raviv brings a new dimension to the Baxter Theatre, marrying visual art to performance. A collection of fifty paintings spanning forty years of work, now adorn the monumental walls of the Baxter Theatre in a first of its kind, solo exhibition.
“I feel truly privileged to have this once in a lifetime opportunity of hanging my work in such an iconic venue as The Baxter, “ said Amaler-Raviv.
Amaler-Raviv is a daring artist well known for her bold work on South African history. Her iconic paintings of the faceless black man portrayed with dignity and grandeur, despite his circumstances, hang in corporate and private collections around the world.
In 2003, Amaler-Raviv constructed the largest painting in the world, a twenty meter site-specific installation for Cell C on the Silo Building at the V&A Waterfront. The same year, she represented South Africa at the 2003 Havanna Biennial.
Born in Johannesburg and presently living in Cape Town, Amaler-Raviv has exhibited both locally and abroad. She received a BA FineArt Degree from the University of the Witwatersrand where she studied under her mentor, Robert Hodgins.
Since 1979, she has held solo exhibitions at the Everard Read Gallery, Market Theatre Gallery, Irma Stern Museum, Grande Provance Gallery and group shows both in South Africa and abroad. During the 1990′s, she lectured at the University of Pretoria, FUBA and at the Katlehong Art Center (BACA).
“The life of an artist is a solitary one and I am excited about giving the public an opportunity to question and share my journey and to better understand my forty years of committed painting, self-reflection and documentation of this South African story,” said Amaler-Raviv.
The exhibition runs until 30 January 2015 at the Baxter Theatre complex, Rondebosch.
For more information visit: www.amaler-raviv.com