The re­turn of He­len Se­bidi

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Twenty new pic­tures and sculp­tures by 73-year-old art pi­o­neer and icon Mmak­gabo He­len Se­bidi were un­veiled at the Ever­ard Read Gallery in Jo­han­nes­burg this week, in­clud­ing the artist’s very first foray into the male-dom­i­nated world of large-scale bronze sculp­ture. Se­bidi’s last ex­hi­bi­tion was 11 years ago in Oman so, for South African au­di­ences, it’s an im­por­tant op­por­tu­nity to catch up with one of our liv­ing le­gends.

Se­bidi, who is self-trained, was the first black woman to put on a solo ex­hi­bi­tion in South Africa. She has since been awarded the Stan­dard Bank Young Artist of the Year and a Ful­bright Schol­ar­ship, and has been ex­hib­ited around the world.

This new ex­hi­bi­tion, ti­tled They Are Greet­ing, delves fur­ther into her “spir­i­tual prac­tice”, where she con­tin­ues to use her work to chan­nel ances­tral spir­its back into the world.

They Are Greet­ing by Mmak­gabo He­len Se­bidi is on at the Ever­ard Read Gallery in

Jo­han­nes­burg un­til June 4

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A GIRL MEETS HER SPIRIT GUIDES New work by He­len Se­bidi is be­ing ex­hib­ited at the Ever­ard Read Gallery in Jo­han­nes­burg

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