Christopher Bedford

  • Steven Cohen, still from Chandelier, 2002.
    picks April 28, 2006

    “Personal Affects: Power and Poetics in Contemporary South African Art”

    Taken as a group, the artists included in “Personal Affects” are most remarkable for their rigorous, unapologetically direct commitment to art as a function of its sociopolitical climate. While frequently it is an ironic submission to the fateful disjunction between art and its context that informs—and at times excuses—the practice of American and European contemporary artists, most of the seventeen artists in this exhibition, by contrast, work to breach that divide. More than a decade after the end of apartheid, artists like Wim Botha have all but dispensed with the imperatives of