Living lines and impressions
A glimpse of Judith Mason’s editions and drawings, curated by Tamar Mason.
The White River Gallery will be hosting the first exhibition of Judith Mason’s work since her death in 2016. Curated by her eldest daughter, Tamar Mason, it will showcase Mason’s drawings and editioned work: lithographs, silkscreens, artists books and tapestries.
Judith Mason spent part of her childhood in Bushbuckridge during the Second World War, where her father was a native commissioner. She returned to the Lowveld for the last fourteen years of her life. In 1960, she graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand with a BA Fine Arts. Working as an artist from the day she graduated, she taught in the Fine Arts Department at Wits for the first two decades of her career. Mason represented South Africa at the Venice Biennale in 1966. In 2008, the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg held a retrospective of her work to celebrate her seventieth birthday.
One of her most well known works is The Man Who Sang and the Woman Who Kept Silent (1998) featured in the Constitutional Court Art Collection. Also known as The Blue Dress it pays tribute to two liberation movement cadres who were killed by the security police. The piece references Phila Ndwandwe who refused to speak or provide any information before she was shot and Harald Sefola asked to sing Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika before he was electrocuted in a field outside Witbank.
The exhibition will have work on display from a number of private and public collections, as well as photographs from her career and life in the Lowveld. Judith Mason was well known for her exceptionally fine line work and drawing skills that she used to capture her conceptual concerns. She was passionate about politics and human rights and used her extensive knowledge of philosophies and religions to inform the work that she did whilst also maintaining a keen sense of humour.
Judith Mason is the festival artist for Innibos Arts Festival 2019.
Opening on Wednesday, 26 June at 18h00.
26 June to 14 July.
The opening address will be by Petra Mason.
The White River Gallery, Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre, White River, Mpumalanga.
For further information: Dana MacFarlane 082 784 6695.