Please note that an entry fee of R100 will be charged at the door.
R50 concessions for scholars, students and professional artists on request.
Tea and light refreshments will be served
Talk starts at 3PM. Duration of talk: about 1 hour

As this is a fundraiser for Greatmore, donations will be kindly appreciated.
VENUE: Greatmore Studios, 47 – 49 Greatmore Street, Woodstock
Limited seating is available.
For more info: Zurina Adbullah @ OR 021 4479699


Abstraction is an integral part of cultural production in Africa – it did not start in 1910, but perhaps with the Blombos Ochre 70,000 to 80,000 years ago. This lecture is situated in the context of the history of two-dimensional abstract expression in southern Africa and the pioneers and exponents of modernism, from Mancoba to Maqhubela and from Laubscher to Ainslie. It explores the many and exciting ways in which contemporary South African artists are arriving at abstraction, both technically and conceptually.

About the speaker, Marilyn Martin:

BA (Hons) UNISA; MArch, Wits University.
In May 2001, after eleven years as director of the South African National Gallery, Martin was appointed director of Art Collections for Iziko Museums. Prior to her career in the museum sector she was senior lecturer in the Department of Architecture, Wits University. Since her retirement from Iziko Museums in 2008 she has been working as an independent writer, curator and lecturer. She was a member of the National Arts Council from 1997 to 2004 and a trustee of the Arts and Culture Trust until 2007. In 2010 she was appointed to the Council of Iziko Museums. Her biographical listings include Who’s Who of Southern Africa and The International Who’s Who of Women.

Martin has curated exhibitions of South African art in Brazil, Denmark, France, Mali and the USA, and has served on many panels for art and architecture, including the Dakar Biennale (2000, 2010). She was co-curator for the exhibition Picasso and Africa; she curated the retrospective exhibition on Louis Maqhubela for the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg in 2010 (it travelled to Cape Town and Durban) and 1970-1990: A Legacy for the Association of Visual Arts in Cape Town. Martin is a Visiting Professor at Kingston University, London, in 2009 she was an acting leave replacement at the Michaelis School of Fine Art and in 2012 she was appointed on contract as lecturer in Visual and Art History. She is currently a senior scholar at the School. Martin has written numerous articles on art and culture in national and international publications.
In 2002 Martin was admitted to the Legion of Honour of the Republic of France at the rank of Officer and in 2013 she received the medal of the Fondation Alliance française in Paris.