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Discover the works of Ghanian artist Ablade Glover. Named by Bonhams London as one of the fathers of ‘Modern African art’. Essays included by Ashraf Jamal and Thembinkosi Goniwe.
Ablade Glover fills his canvasses with gestural marks from his palette knife. Out of the resulting abstraction, familiar forms emerge and then disappear again as the mind attempts to puzzle out where one figure ends and the next begins. An inescapable sense of movement is enhanced by vibrant colours, clashing as countless figures mingle together. Ablade Glover – indivisible was assembled as an accomplishment tot he Ghanian artist’s recent exhibition at the Christopher Moller Gallery. It is much more than a catalogue for the works displayed, thanks to an introduction by Thembinkosi Goniwe highlighting the significance of the artist’s work within African history. Ashraf Jamal provides further theoretical legitimisation by connecting the artists work to grounding philosophies about personal interaction, within the African context. Not too long ago, experts at Bonhams London named Glover one of the ‘fathers of Modern African art’. Jamal’s essay firmly establishes the significance of these words and proves them truthful. Where surprisingly little has been written about African Modernism, this book is an important record of a significant artist’s work. The exploration within it may be seminal writings in future studies on African Modernism.
– Lyn Holm (South African Art Times).