Cover : Brandon van Heerden.
in his Studio in New York © Rashid Lombard.
There are many voices in The beauty of the line.
One is that of the writer and editor of the book, N
Chabani Manganyi. In telling the remarkable story
of Dumile Feni's life, the author is joined by a distinguished
cast of art historians, lifelong friends and admirers
of Dumile Feni.
Among many themes, the book captures the intimate recollections
of South Africans and contributors from around the world
whose lives intersected with Dumile's in Johannesburg,
London and New York City. They tell their own stories
of the life and times of the artist. Here in this book,
is information of what one South African said, namely
that 'everyone had a story to tell' about Dumile.
As an artist, Dumile's talent was ground breaking;
he had the tenacity to endure in the face of severe
obstacles; a quality which enabled him to persist in
creating his 'precious monsters.'
He was steadfast in his pursuit of 'the beauty
of the line', and dedicated through his drawings
and sculptures to the exposure of the pain of people
in the land of his birth.
About the author :
N Chabani Manganyi is a Senior Research Fellow
at the Unit For Advanced Study of the University of
Pretoria. A clinical psychologist and former vice principal
of the university, he is the author and editor of several
collections of essays on psychology and public affairs
as well as biographies of Gerard Sekoto and Es'kia Mphahlele.