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Five Artists in the News: Esther Mahlangu’s BMW Art Car Is Back, Zizipho Poswa Makes History in LA, and Albert Oehlen’s new paintings get London debut

3 min read  ·  20 Feb 2024

Esther Mahlangu, BMW Art Car 525i, Copyright BMW AG Pressezwecke

Esther Mahlangu, BMW Art Car 525i, Copyright BMW AG Pressezwecke

Esther Mahlangu’s Ndebele heritage, which inspires the veteran South African artist, comes to the fore in her retrospective opening at Iziko Museums of South Africa in Cape Town. Mahlangu’s ground breaking BMW Art Car is among the featured works, Brand South Africa reports.

Zizipho Poswa, whose colorful ceramics are inspired by Xhosa culture, has the inaugural solo show in Southern Guild’s Los Angeles space. The Cape Town gallery, which is also presenting a group show, makes history this week as the first South African dealer with a permanent space in the US, Forbes reports.

Alberta Whittle now has representation on the West Coast after joining Regen Projects, **Los Angeles**. The gallery plans to present a solo show of the Barbadian-Scottish artist's work in March.

Albert Oehlen’s new paintings go on show in Gagosian, London. The German artist's first show at the gallery in London in eight years is due to open on March 21.

And in other news

John Singer Sargent’s gloriously rich and subtle paintings can’t be reduced to dreary facts about hats, dresses and opera gowns. “Sadly, that’s just what’s happened” in a new exhibition at Tate Britain in London, writes Guardian art critic Jonathan Jones.