Tyrone Appollis’s work honoured

first_imgStompie, a Tyrone Appollis sculpture inspired by James Seipei, who was also known as Stompie Moeketsi. He was a teenage United Democratic Front (UDF) activist from Parys. He and three other boys were kidnapped on December 29 1988 by members of Winnie Madikizela Mandelas bodyguards, known as the Mandela United Football Club. Stompie was murdered on January 1 1989. Activist and retired Constitutional Court judge Albie Sachs described Tyrone Appollis as an artist of inconvenience during the launch of the latter’s exhibition and documentary.Mr Sachs, who is a collector of Mr Appollis’s art, made the remark at the Sanlam Art Gallery in Bellville, where the launch took place on Tuesday March 14.Mr Appollis, who is originally from Bridgetown but now lives in Plumstead, said he could not agree more with that statement. He admitted that he would make his presence known during a somewhat quiet gathering by playing his penny whistle, just like Mr Sachs described.Although he held his first solo exhibition at the tender age of 14,Mr Appollis was given little formal recognition, and because of this, the Sanlam Art Gallery decided to honour his life and art shortly after his 60th birthday. The exhibition is a combination of his recent paintings and iconic examples of his earlier works, drawn from his private and public collections. It runs until Thursday April 13, and the opening was accompanied by the premier of the documentary Of My Time – Tyrone Appollis, by film-maker Ron Moller of Storyteller Productions.Mr Moller said the documentary was an intimate portrait of the artist, poet and musician. He was unsure where it would be screened next, but said he might use it as a pilot for a series if he could get broadcasters to invest.“The film explores the theme of artistic journey, as a reflection of the artist’s personal journey, and is an insight into Tyrone’s creative space filled with personal history, conflict, passion, resilience and personal and artistic successes,” Mr Moller said.Mr Appollis has also been described as a painter, who, over the past thirty years, created unique images of the times and places that made up his life and environment.Stefan Hundt, from the Sanlam Art Gallery, said: “There is little doubt that Tyrone is one of the Western Cape’s most talented painters. Yet, he has been given little official or formal recognition. His peculiar vision, formed by his understanding of Picasso, Van Gogh, Chagall, Cecil Skotnes and a plethora of Italian Renaissance painters, has provided unique perspective on life on the Cape Flats for more than 30 years.”Asked whether he was bitter his work had not in the past been given the recognition it deserved, Mr Appollis said: “I became a celebrity. I am not a whinger of the past. Ek is waar ek wil wees. Of my time.”People had not understood him in the past, lending him a degree of anonymity, he said.“I keep telling my friends who want to force me into teaching – after they mocked my beginnings at music, painting and writing – that they should ask Jonathan Butler or Johnny Clegg for lessons. I have taught extramural classes in the community in the past, but, at present, I am engrossed in catching up. I still have a lot of work to do before I will be taken seriously. My message to the people is that I can only say as much, or as little, as I do.”And his thoughts on the opening of the exhibition?“Exhibition openings are a hindrance, because there is food and drinks and trimmings. I would rather people come to buy my work, than to come for the trimmings. I must add, however, that this exhibition is wonderful, and I don’t want this feeling to subside.”Mario Pissarra, of the Africa South Art Initiative, said in order to understand Mr Appollis’s art, one had to grasp his conviction that “an artist must be of his time”.“His art is rooted in his geographic identity as a Capetonian, in his historic identity as a ‘coloured’ person, in his post-apartheid national identity as a South African, in his non-racial identity as an African, and in his humanistic identity as a member of the global community of artists. All of these identities co-exist in him as a person, and inform his art,” Mr Pissarra said.Mr Appollis was trained and worked as a sign writer, and later as a carpenter, but never completed the apprenticeship. He studied part-time at the Community Arts Project under artist Cecil Skotnes, and attended the Foundation School of Art for one year. He held his first solo exhibition at the age of 14, under the auspices of the Students’ Health And Welfare Centres Organisation (SHAWCO) and the Cape Flats Development Association (CAFDA). His other solo exhibitions include Rocklands library, in 1982; the South African Association of Arts, in 1988; Chelsea Gallery, in Wynberg, in 1992; Karren McKerron Gallery, in Johannesburg, in 1993; Sheraton Atlantis Hotel, Zurich, in 1997; The Framery Gallery, in Cape Town, in 2010; and Irma Stern Museum, last year. He also participated in many group exhibitions in South Africa and abroad.His current exhibition is on view at the Sanlam Art Gallery until Thursday April 13, Monday to Friday, from 9am to 4.30pm. 1 of 2 Stompie, a Tyrone Appollis sculpture inspired by James Seipei, who was also known as Stompie Moeketsi. He was a teenage United Democratic Front (UDF) activist from Parys. He and three other boys were kidnapped on December 29 1988 by members of Winnie Madikizela Mandelas bodyguards, known as the Mandela United Football Club. Stompie was murdered on January 1 1989.center_img Iris and Howard Burkat, second from left, and second from right, came all the way from New York to attend the exhibition opening. With them are, left, Shireen Appollis, and Tyrone Appollis.last_img read more

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Real Madrid begin scuffle for Mourinho’s signature to replace Solari

first_imgReal Madrid want to give Jose Mourinho a route back into football in the summer.The Spanish giants are looking to replace Santiago Solari, who they only appointed as their head coach last month, when the season comes to a conclusion.And Diego Torres, who wrote a book on Mourinho’s first spell at the Santiago Bernabeu, has reported in newspaper El Pais that Real and president Florentino Perez are keen to bring him back.They would look to pay him €20million (£18m) annually after increasing an initial offer of €15m (£13.5m). Discussions have taken place since October.Real are also planning to appoint him on July 1, as that would mean avoiding a €5m (£4.5m) penalty fee to Manchester United. Mourinho was dismissed as United manager on Tuesday morning after a chastening defeat at Liverpool on Sunday. He left with the club down in sixth, and has since been succeeded by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on an interim basis.But Real believe the Portuguese manager is the man to replace Solari.The former Real B manager has suffered two 3-0 defeats at the hands of Eibar and CSKA Moscow after signing a deal to keep him in the post permanently until 2021.A survey of Madrid members suggested that re-appointing Mourinho, who managed Real between 2010 and 2013, would be a popular move.The Portuguese manager previously took charge of Real Madrid between 2010 and 2013Even Marcelo, who fell out with Mourinho during his spell at Real, has backed him as a manager. “It is a real pity because he (Mourinho) is a great coach,” he said.“It is a real shame that he is without a club and it is not my place to say that he should return to Madrid, but I have a lot of appreciation for what he did for me at the club.”He will be handed a significant transfer budget and influence over transfers. RelatedManchester United To Sack Mourinho If……..November 13, 2018In “England”How Man Utd Sack is Affecting Mourinho’s ReputationJanuary 11, 2019In “Europe”Mourinho Lieutenant Rui Faria To Leave United Post This SummerMay 13, 2018In “England”last_img read more

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Bicentennial Event at Crown Hill Cemetery June 17

first_imgIn conjunction with the Indiana Bicentennial, the Indiana Archive and Records Administration (IARA) is planning to honor the 43 pioneer delegates, who met in Corydon 200 years ago, to compose Indiana’s first constitution and establish our statehood.  Washington County’s ceremony will take place on Friday, June 17th, 2016, from 11:30 am to 1pm, in the old section of the Crown Hill Cemetery.This event is free and open to the public.  State, County and City officials and employees, along with youth groups and the members of the historical society are strongly encouraged to attend. Please come out and pay your respects to these truly historically significTo commemorate the contributions of our state’s founding fathers, the IARA will be holding public graveside ceremonies between June 10 and June 29, 2016, the same dates as the original Constitutional Convention.Ceremonies will feature an IARA staff member serving as Master of Ceremonies, a keynote speaker, a flag ceremony, wreath-laying and military honors, where applicable.Washington County has 2 of these men, interred in eternal rest, at the Crown Hill Cemetery in Salem.The first of these men was Washington County Delegate; General John DePauw, who laid out the town of Salem, built Washington County’s 1st courthouse, was commander of the county’s militia (1814-16), a Washington County delegate to the state legislature and his descendants donated the ground that today serves as DePauw Park.The other delegate is Judge Benjamin Parke, who at that time represented Knox County, before his relocation to Salem.Judge Parke was a veteran of the Battle of Tippecanoe and the War of 1812, he was the first Attorney General for the Indiana Territory, the first Judge of the General Court of the Indiana Territory and the Indiana Territory’s first delegate to Congress.Later, he was appointed the first U.S. District Judge of Indiana, assisted greatly in the establishment of Vincennes University, the Vincennes Public Library, the Indianapolis Law Library and the Indiana Historical Society, serving as its first president.last_img read more

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