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Two views: Brett Murray

May 12, 2009


Brett Murray's satirical work has been widely acclaimed. Prominent in the South African art scene since the 1980s, he has won the Standard Bank Young Artist Award (2002) and notable public commissions. 


He is co-founder of Public Eye, a not-for-profit organization that promotes public art in Cape Town, and founded the Sculpture Dept. at Stellenbosch University in the Cape. Murray has curated several exhibitions and art events. His solo exhibitions include “White Boy Sings the Blues” (Rembrandt Gallery, Johannesburg, 1996), “I Love Africa” (Bell-Roberts Gallery, Cape Town, 2000), “Us and Them” (Axis Gallery, NY, 2003), “Sleep Sleep” (Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, 2006), and “Crocodile Tear”s (Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, 2009). 


He was included in the NY Museum for African Art's “Liberated Voices” (1998), the Havana Biennial of 1994, and in group shows in Germany, Chile, and Switzerland. in 2007, he was featured in “The Geopolitics of Animation” at the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo, Seville, Spain. 


Murray is a full-time artist in Cape Town, and is married to the artist Sanell Aggenbach.

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