The Influence of Cecil Skotnes
Uhuru interrogates the art curator’s role in influencing the direction of the artistic expression, which is being marketed as original while at the same time defiled by Western artistic dogma
Cecil Skotnes took over at
Skotnes was introduced to Egon Guenther in 1954 and this meeting proved to be a turning point in Skotnes’ career. Guenther was a former gallery director in
“Egon Guenther, who had opened a commercial art gallery in
He called this group the Amadlozi group, a zulu word for ‘the spirit of the ancestors’, which was an ideal name for what Guenther had in mind. Amongst the five chosen artist was Sydney Kumalo. He began attending classes by Skotnes in 1953.