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