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Kitty Powell

Kitty Powell

Home Truths from Down Under It all started with a picture of a picture of a picture.  A beautiful painting – a reproduction – used to hang on a living room wall in my uncle’s (on mother’s side) London apartment.  It was of my grandmother. Entitled Kitty Powell, it was painted by the famous Australian artist, George Lambert, in 1907, I was told.  A sibling had inherited the picture, but kindly gave me a framed sepia photograph of it. This now…

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African Art Caravan

African Art Caravan

Johannesburg’s place in the trade and migration of African art objects In Chad, I am taken by camel to visit a man outside the village of Sahr.  I am in search of artifacts which I am told this man – a trader – might have.  As I get to his store, he walks toward me and greets me. ‘Hello, Mark!’ I am thousands of kilometers from home, but a man I have never met before knows exactly who I am. …

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Multicultural Cape Town

Multicultural Cape Town

  Cape Town is one of the world’s iconic cities because of its astonishing natural beauty.  Just as compelling, however, is this city’s amazing multicultural flavor. This genetic diversity which makes up Multicultural Cape Town’s identity begins early on in the history of modern man. It evolves as a result of key historical events which shaped our modern world. Cape Town is home to some of the oldest indigenous populations in Africa. Its inhabitants are also descendants of slaves, settlers,…

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