The Art of Clive van den Berg: Unlearning the Grounds of Art


In her meditative catalogue essay, Rosalind Morris considers the themes and aesthetic movements of Zambian-born, South African artist, Clive van den Berg. Tracing the artist’s complex invocation of medieval and Renaissance iconography across a variety of media—video, sculpture, painting, print-making and multimedia installations–Morris offers readers a rare grasp of the conceptual and formal range of van den Berg’s work. In series with titles like “Memorials without Facts,” “Love’s Ballast,” and “Soundings, In Passage,” she discerns a fearless effort to register the dreams, anxieties, perversions and ambitions of South Africa’s recent history, and a recognition of the task of unlearning in the pursuit of a new alternative.

Buy it here: Goodman Gallery, South Africa