The South African artworld was shocked by the recent death of Nhlanhla Xaba, the 1998 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner. Xaba burnt to death in a fire at the Artists Proof Studios in Newtown, Johannesburg. His passing was both tragic and untimely. Another distressing news story from this week is that financial services company First National Bank have decided to withdraw their funding of the Vita Art Prize. The company has spent the last year looking at how to consolidate its myriad cultural activities into a few strategic focuses. Apparently the art prize is no longer regarded as part of the revised strategic focus. The bank has however committed itself to the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, which takes place later this month.
Robert Hodgin's witty and richly coloured lithograph La Contessa Venemosa is the second offering in the Editions for ArtThrob.
Next Update: April 1, 2003