C L A U D E T T E    S C H R E U D E R S

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Claudette Schreuders is an internationally acclaimed South African sculptor and printmaker, whose works have become rare collectors' items, with undoubted investment potential. Her distinctive, largely 'autobiographical' lithographs refer to her much sought-after painted, wooden sculptures of the same period, which have been inspired by West African 'colon' figures, as well as by other stylistic input from medieval church sculpture, Spanish portraiture and Egyptian woodcarving.

Claudette Schreuders' work often follows the theme of making public that which is private, or simply telling stories that have their origins in personal experience. It is this simple, honest approach to herself and her world that makes her work so moving and appealing. She is able to make something universal out of the seemingly trivial and personal.

In an early etching of 2002, 'Three Sisters and the Critic', for example, Schreuders confronts her personal family issues in print form, after she has already explored these issues in her three dimensional pieces. The prints that ensue have therefore become a way of recording the sculptures, once they have been completed.

So successful was her first set of lithographic prints, Crying in Public, 2003 that they were sold out almost immediately. The high quality of these lithographs and the intensity of her drawing meant that those who could not afford her sculptures were still able to build up their collection of this remarkable artist.

In her next series of lithographs, Burnt by the Sun (2005), the effects of the sun, according to New York critic, Ken Johnson, 'are a metaphor for politically harsh experience' in several of the works. In the piece eponymously named 'Burnt by the Sun', a white woman holds out arms' of an alarmingly intense pink': her injury, says Johnson, 'is more of the soul than of the body'. Then there is 'Mingle' - a portrait of the young artist, holding a wineglass and looking slightly nervous, a shy person at an art opening. 'Seen against the background of apartheid, however', Johnson adds, 'the imperative of the title takes on a much more pointed urgency, and the anxiety of the artist a far greater poignancy.'

Two years later , in 2007, Schreuders went on to produce The Long Day - a suite of ten superb lithographs, also based on the artist's group of sculptures of the same name (2003 - 2004), which she describes as 'like a diary of a personal life'. This series includes the figures of The Boyfriend, The Quiet Brother, The Neighbour , Officer Molefe and The Missing Person (a self-portrait) - all characters based on the artist's experience of a neighbour being stabbed. Thus, underlying the faux-nave figures that inhabit this particular narrative, we are reminded of the 'anxiety of the suburban South African existence' - a recurring theme to be witnessed in much of Schreuders' work - together with her investigations into 'self-identity, isolation and belonging'.

Included in this survey, there is also the remarkable Untitled series of 2001 - a suite of 6 black and white drypoint etchings which includes the set of 3 Colon images. These etchings pre-date the colour lithographs of 2002 - 2007.

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The Three Sisters and the Critic


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2003
Crying in Public



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Crying in Public


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Third Person


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2005
Burnt by the Sun



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Sunstroke


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Conversation


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Melancholy Boy


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2007
The Long Day



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'1970'


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Officer Molefe


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Missing Person


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The Quiet Brother


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New Shoes


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The Three Sisters


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The Neighbour


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Biography

Born 1973 in Pretoria; lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa

Education

1997 Master of Fine Arts (MFA), University of Cape Town
1994 Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), University of Stellenbosch

Solo Exhibitions

2011 Close, Close, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
2009 Recent Prints, Michael Stevenson, Cape Town
2007 The Fall, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
        Prints from The Long Day, Michael Stevenson, Cape Town
2005 Recent Works, Michael Stevenson, Cape Town
2004 The Long Day: Sculpture by Claudette Schreuders, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona
2005 Travelled to University Art Gallery, San Diego State University, San Diego, California
        Hand Workshop Art Center, Richmond, Virginia
        Atlanta College of Art Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
        The Long Day, Warren Siebrits Modern and Contemporary Art, Johannesburg
2002 Crying in Public, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
        The Critic, Project Room, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
        Claudette Schreuders: Six Stories, Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, Oudtshoorn, South Africa
2001 Burnt by the Sun, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
1998 Claudette Schreuders, Johannesburg Civic Gallery, Johannesburg

Selected Group Exhibitions

2011 Impressions from South Africa, 1965 to Now, Museum of Modern Art, New York
2010 Peekaboo: Current South Africa, Tennis Palace, Helsinki Art Museum, Helsinki
        Summer 2010/11, Michael Stevenson, Cape Town
        Mother Nature: Art and Psychology in Conversation, Sasol Art Museum, Stellenbosch
1910-2010: From Pierneef to Gugulective, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town
2009 Strength and Convictions: The Life and Times of the South African Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town
        Travelling to the Nobel Peace Center, Oslo
2008 Mami Wata: Arts for Water Spirits in Africa and its Diasporas, Fowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles
2010 Travelled to Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin, Madison
        National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington
        Mariners' Museum, Newport News, Virginia; Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Stanford University, California
        The Other Mainstream II: Selections from the Mikki and Stanley Weithorn Collection, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona
        Disguise: The Art of Attracting and Deflecting Attention, Michael Stevenson, Cape Town
        Inside Out, Galerie Mikael Andersen, Berlin
2007 Summer 2007/8, Michael Stevenson, Cape Town
        South African Art: Modern Art and Cultural Development in a Changing Society, Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum, Bratislava, Slovakia
        Afterlife, Michael Stevenson, Cape Town
        Family Relation, Warren Siebrits Modern and Contemporary Art, Johannesburg
        All the More Real: Portrayals of Intimacy and Empathy, Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York
        Drawing from History, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona
2006 Lasting Impressions: Selections from the Print Collection 2003-2005, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona
        Since 2000: Printmaking Now, Museum of Modern Art, New York
        -poiesis, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
        Personal Affects: Power and Poetics in Contemporary South African Art, The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii
        The Human Touch: Selections from the RBC Dain Rauscher Art Collection, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, Illinois
        Dwell, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona
        Conversation with Art, on Art - Bauhaus to Contemporary Art: From the DaimlerChrysler Art Collection, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo
2005 Collectors Show and Sale, Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, Arkansas
2004 Innocence and Insight, Claire Oliver Fine Art, New York
        Personal Affects: Power and Poetics in Contemporary South African Art, Museum for African Art and Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, New York
        African Art is, UBS Art Gallery, New York
2003 Teken, Art on Paper, Johannesburg
        Contact Zones, Michael Stevenson, Cape Town
        Coexistence, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts; travelled to South African National Gallery, Cape Town
2002 Group Portrait South Africa, KIT Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam
        Bitterkomix, AVA Gallery, Cape Town
        DaimlerChrysler Award for South African Sculpture, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg
2000 Voices of South Africa, British Museum, London
        Unplugged V, Rembrandt van Rijn Gallery, Johannesburg
        FNB Vita Art Prize 2000, Sandton Civic Gallery, Johannesburg
        AREA 2000: Art Region End of Africa, Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik
1999 Emergence, National Arts Festival, Grahamstown;
        King George VI Art Gallery, Port Elizabeth;
        Durban Art Gallery, Durban;
        Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg
        Liberated Voices: Contemporary Art from South Africa, Museum for African Art, New York;
        Travelled to Austin Museum of Art, Texas;
        Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California;
        University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona
1998 Bringing Up Baby: Artists Survey the Reproductive Body, National Arts Festival, Grahamstown;
        Travelled to The Castle, Cape Town;
        Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg
        Lake Naivasha International Artists, National Museum, Nairobi
1997 Unplugged II, Rembrandt van Rijn Gallery, Johannesburg
        The Art of Describing, Open Window Art Gallery, Pretoria
        Lifetime Art Exhibition of Southern African Art, Out of Africa Festival, Munich
1996 Earth and Everything: Recent Art from South Africa, Arnolfini, Bristol
        Travelled (through 1997) to Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow;
        Firstsite Contemporary Art, Colchester, Essex; Wrexham Arts Centre, Wales
1995 Kaping, 1st Johannesburg Biennale Fringe, Newtown Artspace, Johannesburg
        International Student Exhibition, Hiroshima, Japan
1993 South African Environments, University of Stellenbosch Art Gallery, Stellenbosch

Residencies and Workshops

2011 Lux Art Institute Artist Residency, Encinitas, California
2001 Art Omi International Artist Residency, New York
1999 Aftershave International Artists Workshop, Jos, Nigeria
1998 Lake Naivasha International Artist Residency, Kenya
1996 Gasworks Studios International Residency, London

Awards

2002 Finalist, Daimler Chrysler Award for South African Sculpture
2000 Finalist, FNB Vita Art Prize

Public Collections

Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
DaimlerChrysler Art Collection, Berlin
Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town
Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg
Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town
Museum of Modern Art, New York
New Line Cinema Corporation, Los Angeles
Parliament of South Africa, Cape Town
Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria
The Progressive Corporation, Mayfield Village, Ohio
RBC Dain Rauscher Art Collection, Minneapolis
SABC Art Collection, Johannesburg
Sanlam Art Collection, Cape Town
Sasol Art Collection, Johannesburg
Standard Bank Collection, Johannesburg

Selected Bibliography

2010 Pusa, Erja et al. Peekaboo: Current South Africa (exhibition catalogue. Helsinki: Helsinki Art Museum
2009 Enwezor, Okwui, and Chika Okeke-Agulu. Contemporary African Art since 1980. Bologna: Damiani
        Williamson, Sue. South African Art Now. New York: HarperCollins
2008 Bosland, Joost. 'Claudette Schreuders'.        In Disguise: The Art of Attracting and Deflecting Attention (exhibition catalogue), edited by Sophie Perryer. Cape Town: Michael Stevenson
        Drewal, Henry John. Mami Wata: Arts for Water Spirits in Africa and its Diasporas (exhibition catalogue). Los Angeles: Fowler Museum at UCLA
2007 Frankel, David. 'Claudette Schreuders, Jack Shainman Gallery'. Artforum 45, No 9 (May): 370
        Friedman, Hazel. 'Conrad Botes and Claudette Schreuders'. Art South Africa 6, No 1 (Spring): 92
        Hirsch, Faye. 'Claudette Schreuders at Jack Shainman'. Art in America (June/July)
        Perryer, Sophie. 'Claudette Schreuders'. In Afterlife (exhibition catalogue). Cape Town: Michael Stevenson
        Siebrits, Warren. Family Relation (exhibition catalogue). Johannesburg: Warren Siebrits Modern and Contemporary Art
2006 Van Bosch, Cobus. 'In conversation with Claudette Schreuders'. South African Art Times (1 February). http://www.arttimes.co.za/news_read.php?news_id=791.
2005 Hawker, Dianne. 'Nobel Square Proud Memory of Icons.' Cape Argus, 17 December
        Hirsch, Faye. 'Subjective State.' Art in America (February): 66-71
2004 Bester, Rory. 'Living in Linden'. Art South Africa 2, No 3 (Autumn): 24-30
        Edmunds, Paul. 'Claudette Schreuders: Identity and Belonging'. Sculpture 23, No 7 (September): 24-5
        Lineberry, Heather, and Tina Yapelli. The Long Day: Sculpture by Claudette Schreuders (exhibition catalogue). Atlanta: Atlanta State University Art Museum
        O'Toole, Sean. 'Cruel and tender'. Artthrob 80 (April). http://www.artthrob.co.za/04apr/reviews/schreuders.html
        O'Toole, Sean. 'Private made public'. Mail & Guardian, 20-26 February 2004
        Perryer, Sophie, ed. Personal Affects: Power and Poetics in Contemporary South African Art, Vol I & II (exhibition catalogue)
        New York and Cape Town: Museum for African Art and Spier
        Williamson, Sue. 2004. 'Claudette Schreuders'. In 10 Years 100 Artists: Art in a Democratic South Africa, edited by Sophie Perryer. Cape Town: Bell-Roberts Publishing
2003 Barns, Greg. 'Soft Power'. Mail & Guardian, 25-31 July
        Van Robbroeck, Lize. 'Contact Zones: Colonial and Contemporary'. Art South Africa 2, No 1 (Spring): 60-61
2002 Brodie, David. 'Claudette Schreuders: Six Stories'. In KKNK 2002 (exhibition catalogue), edited by Clive van den Berg, Kathryn Smith and Lucia Berger
        Edmunds, Paul. 'Bitterkomix, Claudette Schreuders and Boogie Lights at the AVA'. Artthrob 63 (November). http://www.artthrob.co.za/02nov/reviews/ava.html
        Edmunds, Paul. 'Visual art at the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees'. Artthrob 56 (April). http://www.artthrob.co.za/02apr/reviews/kknk.html
        Levin, Kim. 'Claudette Schreuders'. The Village Voice, 4-10 December, 92
        Smith, Roberta. 'Art in Review: Claudette Schreuders'. The New York Times, 6 December 2002
2001 Huberty, Erica-Lynn. 'Claudette Schreuders: Jack Shainman Gallery'. Sculpture (October): 75-76
        Taplin, Robert. 'Claudette Schreuders at Jack Shainman'. Art in America (October): 165-166
        Farrell, Laurie. 'Claudette Schreuders' "Burnt by the Sun" at the Jack Shainman Gallery, New York'. Artthrob 44 (April). http://www.artthrob.co.za/01apr/reviews.html#ny
        Hirsch, Faye. 'Working Proof: Claudette Schreuders'. Art on Paper (July/ August): 64-65
        Johnson, Ken. 'Claudette Schreuders, "Burnt by the Sun"'. The New York Times, 30 March
        Okpe, Tonie. 'Memoires de l'after shave'. NKA Journal of Contemporary African Art 13/14 (Spring/Summer): 126
        Pollack, Barbara. 'The Newest Avant-Garde'. Artnews (April): 124-129
2000 Smith, Kathryn, ed. FNB Vita Art Prize 2000 (award/exhibition catalogue)
        Smith, Kathryn. 'The Dolce Vita'. Artthrob 35 (July). http://www.artthrob.co.za/00jul/reviews.html
        Williamson, Sue. 'Artbio: Claudette Schreuders'. Artthrob 37 (September). http://www.artthrob.co.za/00sept/artbio.html
1999 Cotter, Holland. 'South Africans, Isolated No More'. The New York Times, 24 September 1999, E35-36
        Herreman, Frank, ed. Liberated Voices: Contemporary Art from South Africa (exhibition catalogue). New York: Museum for African Art
        Mosaka, Tumelo. 'Liberated Voices: Contemporary Art from South Africa'. Artthrob 27 (November)
        http://www.artthrob.co.za/99nov/reviews.html#international Reprinted in NKA Journal of Contemporary African Art 11/12 (Fall/Winter 2000): 104-107
1998 Kurgan, Terry. Bringing Up Baby: Artists Survey the Reproductive Body (exhibition catalogue)


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