The mid-day weather could not have been more perfect last Saturday when the Sculpture on the Cliffs exhibition was opened by Marilyn Martin, former director of the National Iziko Art Museum. In his remarks beforehand, curator Gordon Froud remarked, “I don’t know whether Hermanus residents are aware of what a jewel they have in this annual Sculpture on the Cliffs exhibition. The only other country I know of with a similar event is Australia and I cannot believe that their location can compare with this one at Gearing’s Point.”  

This year’s exhibition, with its focus on the abstract within an African context, and featuring artists never before seen in Hermanus, is very different from any of those previously mounted here. In Froud’s words, “These works explore notions of abstraction that suggest ideas, emotions or objects without being these. They force the viewer to make the association for themselves.”

Martin congratulated all concerned on the resourcefulness of this exhibition. Although abstract art can be controversial, she commented, perhaps artist Paul Klee summed up its purpose best when he said ‘Art does not reproduce what is visible; it makes things visible.’

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