Exhibition of Gerard De Leeuw sculpturesSanlam
The Rain Maker: Gerard De Leeuw: this centenary exhibition at the Sanlam Art Gallery in Bellwille, Cape Town, showcases more than 40 bronze sculptures.
Gerard De Leeuw (1912 – 1985):
A Centenary Exhibition
Sanlam Art Gallery
2 Strand Road, Bellville
Until 28 September 2012
Hours: Monday – Friday 09:00-16:30 or by appointment
Tel: 021 947 3359 / 083 457 2699
“Gerard de Leeuw believed he could make rain. Or, to be more precise, he believed that the bronze smelting that he practiced from his suburban foundry in Orange Grove, Johannesburg, had the unintended, but inevitable effect of producing rain, regardless of the season.”
So writes Federicho Freschi, formerly senior lecturer in the Department of History of Art at the University of the Witwatersrand, now Director of the Goodman Gallery Cape, in a catalogue accompanying the exhibition Gerard de Leeuw, a Centenary Exhibition on view at the Sanlam Art Gallery until 28 September 2012.
This exhibition, which showcases more than 40 bronze sculptures by De Leeuw collected from a diversity of public and private collections, presents a unique opportunity for the public to view and assess the career of this admired, but under-recognised sculptor.
De Leeuw’s subjects varied from carefully observed animal studies, portrait busts, to enigmatic representations of significant characters and images derived from Southern African myths and folklore.
A selection of paintings by his artist friends, amongst them Father Franz Claerhout, JH Pierneef, Stefan and Iris Ampenberger, Fayetta Varney, Wolf Kibel, Lippy Lipschitz to name but a few, accompany this exhibition in a frieze-like background to the sculptures. The exhibition was compiled by Dr Fred Scott and first opened at the University of Johannesburg Art Gallery in collaboration with the Sanlam Art Collection and supported by Business and Arts South Africa and Stephan Welz & Co. A fully illustrated catalogue is on sale from the Gallery.
For more information contact the curator Stefan Hundt on 021 947 3359.
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083 457 2699
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Sanlam Art Gallery, 2 Strand Road Bellville Cape Town Western Cape South Africa