13 July - 13 August 2005
Michael Stevenson is pleased to present new works by the acclaimed sculptor and printmaker Claudette Schreuders. Since graduating with a master's degree from Cape Town's Michaelis School of Fine Art in 1997, she has received wide exposure in the United States, with two sell-out shows in New York in 2001 and 2002, and a touring museum exhibition in 2004/5.
Schreuders' oeuvre is distinctive, consisting of carved and painted figurative sculptures that formally reference the West African colon tradition. However, their subjects remain firmly located in the anxiety of suburban South African existence and often contain elements of autobiography. Schreuders also produces lithographs and etchings as a means of documenting and in some cases creating narratives around her wooden sculptures. Two new series of lithographs to be exhibited at Michael Stevenson - produced by master printmaker Mark Attwood at the Artists' Press - include eight prints based on her seminal sculpture series Burnt by the sun, and three large-scale prints titled The three sisters. A new sculpture, titled She used to be nice, will also be presented.
Schreuders' series of lithographs titled Crying in public was recently purchased by the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Her solo exhibition The long day travelled to university art galleries in Tempe, Arizona; San Diego, California; Atlanta, Georgia; and Richmond, Virginia in 2004/5. She was included on the 2004 group exhibition Personal affects: power and poetics in contemporary South African art at the Museum for African Art and the Cathedral of St John the Divine in New York. Previous group exhibitions include Coexistence at the Rose Art Museum, Massachusetts (2003); Familie verhalen uit Zuid Afrika at the KIT Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam (2002); Voices of South Africa at the British Museum, London (2000); AREA 2000 at the Reykjavik Art Museum, Iceland (2000); and Liberated voices: contemporary art from South Africa at the Museum for African Art, New York (1999). She was born in Pretoria in 1973 and currently lives in Cape Town.
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