Mashonisa by Kufa Makwavarara

WANTED ONLINE: Cape Town's East City

StateoftheART Gallery was featured in an article on Wanted Online, about the East City and Buitenkant Street.
Read an excerpt about the Gallery below, or find the full article on their website here.


Taking a walk down Buitenkant Street on the east side of Cape Town’s city centre makes for a rewarding and enlightening day
By David Gorin. 21 March 2023.

"Very close by is the compact StateoftheART gallery. “There are some wonderful pockets of things happening in the city centre,” says the owner, Jennifer Reynolds. She’s positive despite a reduction in foot-traffic and walk-in visits since Covid-19. I’m just in time to see the current exhibition, Time and Tide (Wait for No Man), showcasing works by seven of the approximately 50 artists the gallery represents. Eastern Cape-born Sylvester Zanoxolo Mqeku’s sand-cast ceramic sculptures are extraordinary, transformative creations while Capetonian Lisette Forsyth’s mixed media canvases superimpose current realities onto old, scavenged surfaces to prompt reflection on change and time’s inexorable passing.

Reynolds lets me peek beyond the showroom, and I fall in love with Mashonisa (Loan Shark), an oil on canvas by Kufa Makwavarara. The hyperbolic rush of colour, the bling, the surrealistic symbolism combine in a powerful satire on the excesses of capitalism and power."

State of the ART Gallery, The Square, 50 Buitenkant Street, 061 129 1899


Exterior of StateoftheART Gallery on Buitenkant Street in Cape Town


Read the full article on Wanted Online.

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