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The Art of Bateau Laveau: Collective Vision Unlimited Hazel Friedman

The Art of Bateau Laveau: Collective Vision Unlimited

Hazel Friedman

Published January 28th 2004
ISBN : 9780974743806
Hardcover
160 pages
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The Art of Bateau Laveau - Collective Vision Unlimited is the first of a series of publications from Swansea Publishing featuring contemporary art. This publication is about a group of creative spirits who established a community of artists calledMoreThe Art of Bateau Laveau - Collective Vision Unlimited is the first of a series of publications from Swansea Publishing featuring contemporary art. This publication is about a group of creative spirits who established a community of artists called Bateau Laveau. It is a tale of passion, purpose and the pursuit of a dream: to make art that probes, provokes and pulls no creative punches. In 2002, a group of young Cape Town artists from diverse backgrounds decided to pool their resources and devote themselves full-time to creating art. They called themselves Bateau Laveau, partly in homage to one of the pioneers of contemporary art, Picasso, and partly because they were about to embark on a new journey of unparalleled creative discovery.The role of art in society is twofold: on the one hand art generates contemplation, reconstructs spiritual aspirations and gives pleasure. On the other, art can regard a wider field than its own processes, re-inventing or discovering memorable images of worlds, both external and internal. A few artists find the metaphors by which culture can be explained and society changed.South Africa has been a challenging socio-economic landscape for artistic endeavor to survive with ease. Nevertheless when it has occurred there has been a dynamic interaction between place and time, land and people, past and present, present and future.While the divisions created by South Africas recent past cannot and should not be forgotten, in recent years a sense of unity in diversity has prevailed among artists. Young contemporary South African artists are fast becoming acclaimed performers on the global stage.Bateau Laveau represents this new, liberated generation of creative individuals who are taking their rightful place among the international art world. The artworks produced by Bateau Laveau - be they figurative or abstract - are rooted in the context of their own experience, of a profound awareness and commitment to creative freedom.This book pays tribute to them, as they set sail on the most adventurous voyage of all - the fulfillment of their creative aspirations.