i popped into town on Wednesday night and one of the events i went to was the opening of the Tretchikoff and Me exhibition at Salon 91 Contemporary Art Gallery. A celebration of the art of Tretchikoff (who many criticised for becoming a ‘sellout’ due to his making his prints available on a large scale)…the works on show which are responses by the artists to Tretchi’s style, are thought provoking and eyecatching and the exhibition’s timing is perfect given that the South African National Gallery will be hanging its first Tretchokoff original artwork later this year.
A pop artist of note whose instantly recogniseable Chinese Girl sold in the millions, Tretchi is most certainly a South African icon. All the artworks (including pieces by the likes of Lorenzo Nassimbeni, amazing digital prints by David Scadden and a collaborative effort with artist Jane Eppel and jeweller Nic Bladen) are for sale while vintage prints of his work are also for sale as are original prints by the Tretchikoff Foundation, the co-producers of the exhibition.
Pssst…if you’re not able to get to the exhibition and you’re a Tretchi fan, you can also purchase authorised prints of his work on the Tretchikoff Foundation website.
Salon 91, Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town, 021 424 6930