Artwork

Kay Hassan
Kuhlazi, Yeka Okw, Vedlulel, 1998

  • Paper collage
  • 4 parts, each panel 154 x 110cm, total 154 x 404 cm.
  • Acquired in 2000

Kay Hassan, the first to receive the Mercedes-Benz Award for South African Art and Culture in 2000, studied in South Africa and in Europe. His work reflects both the colorful and the gray, depressing facets of Johannesburg. He preferably uses advertising posters, fresh from the printers, cut up into pieces and bonded in layers into “paper constructions”. Contrary to European collage and décollage, Hassan’s works assume a statuary nature and a homogeneous quality. The distribution of light and dark sections lends plasticity to the intensively colored figures. Letters and words enrich the pictures, their message remaining obscure. The monumental heads of Kuhlazi, Yeka Okw, Vedlulel relate to African sculpture and European expressionism.

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