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1 Ernest Cole (Johannesburg Art Gallery; curated by Gunilla Knape) Ever since this artist changed his last name from Kole to Cole to pass as a colored (rather than black) man, thus gaining permission to travel around his native South Africa, his life and work have seemed like a legend. Cole went into exile in 1966, landing in New York, where a year later he published House of Bondage, his seminal book of photographs about life under apartheid, with a text by the young Joseph Lelyveld. His negatives were tragically lost in the ’70s, but this rousing retrospective of vintage prints (recently unearthed and donated to the Hasselblad Foundation in Göteborg, Sweden) confirmed all claims made for his greatness. The book only hints at how good his images really are, making the exhibition a photographic event of historic proportions.

2 Chris Ofili (Tate Britain, London; curated by Judith Nesbitt)

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