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I Love Africa

Brett Murray
27 May  2000 

Sheryl Ozinsky unveiling the sculpture.
A controversial exhibition entitled 'I LOVE AFRICA" by local artist, Brett Murray, celebrates the unveiling of his public sculpture in St Georges' Mall, Cape Town.

The sculpture entitled "AFRICA" was selected from 60 entries in the 1998 Public Sculpture Competition organised by the Cape Town Urban Arts Foundation in collaboration with the Association for Visual Arts(AVA) and the JK Gross Trust.

The 3m high bronze sculpture inspired by a curio figure from the Ivory Coast and the American cartoon character, Bart Simpson, was  unveiled by Sheryl Ozinsky today.

The exhibition at the Brendon Bell-Roberts Fine Art Gallery  includes works in metal and perspex which expand on themes related to the sculpture that challenges  ideas of ownership, identity and memory.

Brett obtained his Masters Degree in Fine Art at the University of Cape Town, majoring in sculpture and established the Sculpture Department at the University of Stellenbosch, where he lectured. 

The artist with Estelle Jacobs (AVA)
Selected previous exhibitions:

1999 "Liberated Voices- Contemporary Art from South Africa"
Museum for African Art, New York
1999 "New Worlds Contemporary Art from Australia, Canada and South Africa Canada House, London
1997 Cologne Art Fair - Gallery Frank Haenel
1997 "30 Minutes" -Robben Island Museum, Cape Town
1996 "White Boy Sings the Blues"- Rembrandt van Rijn Gallery Johannesburg
1995 Venice Biennale- ltaly
1995 Museum of Contemporary Art Santiago- "Springtime in Chile"
1994 Cuban 8iennale- Wilfredo Lam Museum Havanna
Relief sculptures at the exhibition